Stepping up EU Action to protect and restore the world’s forests

Theme: Biodiversity
Title: Stepping up EU Action to protect and restore the world’s forests
Policy Reference: COM (2019) 352 final


On July 2019, the European Commission adopted an EU Communication on stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests.

European Commission

The Communication was adopted by the European Commission on July 2019.  This will lead to further actions to be implemented by the next European Commission in order to meet the objectives outlined in the said communication.

European Parliament

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Council of the EU

During the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of October 14-15, 2019, the Finnish Presidency said that its goal is to adopt Council Conclusions based on this Communication by the end of its Presidency. Many Member States showed their support for the drafting and hopeful adoption of the conclusions.

Negotiation Stage

When it comes to forested areas, Malta is greatly limited by its small size, high population density and contested land use. As such, forest areas in the Maltese Islands are extremely small and cover less than 1 per cent of the land surface.

Nevertheless, deforestation is illegal in Malta and woodland areas are preserved by the Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations, 2017 (S.L. 549.640). In addition, Woodland areas within Natura 2000 sites are protected through local management plans and the National Biodiversity Action plan.

In line with the spirit of the Commission’s Communication, the recently established Ambjent Malta has embarked on a number of afforestation and green infrastructure projects across Malta.

It is acknowledged that with respect to controls on Timber, certification schemes provide a degree of assurance that commodities are deforestation-free. However, Malta will be following any new legislation in this regard, to assess how this will affect Maltese businesses.

Final Adoption

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Local Implementation

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