The new law aims to:
- help make forests more resistant to ever-increasing environmental hazards
- strengthen the capacity of forests to provide for cleaner air
- facilitate forest planning
- ensure cooperation among Member States to set long-term forest plans.
A recent report of the Commission shows that in 2022, a record number of wildfires led to the burning of 900,000 hectares of land which corresponds to roughly the size of Corsica – the second-highest number on record.
Due to the impact of increasing temperatures on certain species, forest land values are predicted to decline by 27% by the end of the century.
These consequences can be reversed by the Nature Restoration Law and the provision of quality data on EU forests.
The forest monitoring proposal is a key deliverable of the EU 2030 Forest Strategy and the European Green Deal.