Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe

FE develops common strategies for its 46 signatories on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests.


State of Europe’s Forests 2020

  • 35%

    of Europe’s land is covered by forests

    Although it is slowing down, forest area has increased by 9% since 1990

  • 3%

    of European forests are damaged

    This is a result of windstorms, insect outbreaks, browsing and fires

  • 4M €

    non-wood forest products marketed in 2015

    This includes cork, Christmas trees, nuts, berries, mushrooms, wild meat and honey

  • 23,6%

    of Europe’s forests are protected

    There are 31 million ha with the main objective of conserving biodiversity, protecting landscapes and specific natural elements

  • 70%

    of forests are available for public recreation

    In the majority of countries, more than 90% of forests are accessible to the public

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