International Day of Forests – Message by Commissioner Sinkevičius

The 2021 theme of the International Day of Forests, on 21 March, is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.” The restoration and sustainable management of forests help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises. Under the European Green Deal, the European Commission is developing a new EU Forest Strategy to ensure that forest ecosystems are better protected, restored, and managed in Europe. It also wants 3 billion trees to be planted in the European Union between now and 2030. The new Strategy will cover the whole forest cycle and promote the many services forests provide. It aim to ensure healthy & resilient forests that contribute to biodiversity, climate goals & secure livelihoods, and that support a circular bio-economy.