For self-determined forest management - against an EU policy of paternalism!

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The great European idea of peace and prosperity and the sustainable culture of our careful forest management must not be jeopardized by the EU deforestation regulation (EUDR). We call for a European policy that supports our forest owners in the active and sustainable management and care of their forests. A policy that is geared towards the needs of the forests and the needs of the people who look after them.


Instead of constantly imposing excessive requirements on them and thus shaking their faith in the European idea, Brussels must finally show them trust. What is needed is a policy based on the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Only with the forest owners and not against them can we secure climate-stable, sustainable forests in the interests of society as a whole.


It is time for a change of course:


  • To achieve this, forest owners and companies must be included in the process of policy making. We are therefore calling for comprehensive involvement as part of a structured dialogue for active, sustainable forest management and a clear commitment from the European Commission that decision-making processes must be optimized to this end.
  • A revision of the EUDR must be presented immediately in order to avert further burdens in the short term. Ambiguities and legal uncertainties must be cleared up quickly so that this regulation does not become a package of burdens for the forestry sector and companies.
  • Curbing global deforestation and forest degradation cannot be achieved with bureaucratic harassment of the many forest owners in our regions.


Our forests, fields, meadows, pastures, rivers, mountains and lakes, our unique cultural landscape are the basis of life for the people in our regions. Our common home is shaped and maintained by farmers and forest owners with a great deal of hard work, diligence and energy. The outstanding condition of our forests is thanks to the centuries of responsible and sustainable work of our forest owners and farmers. In Europe, our forests secure a total of 17.5 million jobs along the forestry and timber value chain, with added value of more than 1.1 trillion euros annually (EU 27 incl. Norway, Switzerland and the UK).


We will continue to need healthy, vital and sustainable forests in the future in order to secure their services through our traditional, active and sustainable management for our common living and economic space, but above all for future generations. This applies to our domestic raw material wood as well as to energy, clean water, safety from floods, avalanches, mudflows as well as recreation.


To ensure that Europe remains liveable and valuable, decisions must be made where the responsibility lies - and that is in the regions themselves. This fundamental principle of the Union is summarized under the term subsidiarity and must once again form the basis of the Union's legal framework. After all, groups without direct responsibility for the people in our regions and without any connection to our forest management cannot and must not decide how we should live. In Brussels, regulations and directives must be used to create a legal framework that promotes freedom and self-determination and is based on exemplary regions in Europe.


We can only preserve our forests for our children and grandchildren if they are actively managed and cared for in the future. However, this is precisely what the current EU policy is counteracting by setting the wrong course. It is unilaterally geared towards hindering forestry and timber use and leaving the forests to their own devices. It relies on ideology instead of facts and on paternalism instead of trust.


This policy is doomed to failure. It is a disservice to climate protection and to the preservation of our liveable homeland. And in its one-sidedness, it is ultimately directed against the economic basis of life and securing people's prosperity.


It jeopardizes jobs, regional value chains and the supply of the most climate-friendly of all raw materials - our domestic wood.

It wants to combat deforestation in the world (EUDR) and is therefore putting the future of our own domestic forests at risk - by creating a "bureaucratic monster" that will slow down the urgently needed development and maintenance of climate-proof forests.

In doing so, it is endangering our homeland, our livelihoods, our habitats and ultimately even the biodiversity to which it has so unilaterally committed itself.


We call on you to support this declaration and thus campaign for We call on you to support this declaration and thus campaign for self-determination of the regions over forest management.


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Thank you for your support, Waldverband Österreich from Wien
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réglementation inapplicable à de nombreux produits issus du bois de forêts européennes, pourtant gérées durablement

The EUDR is the most important instrument against deforestation and forest degradation that we have and we need an effective implementation now, with EU Member states taking responsibility. Deforestation rates are skyrocketing with the equivalent of losing almost 10 football (soccer) fields of forest per minute. Moreover, deforestation is the second biggest driver of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Il y a déjà de nombreuses normes et obligations de tous ordres , contraignantes pour nos forêts. Un nouveau texte , présentant comme l'indique nos forestiers autrichiens des incertitudes , l'absence de précision n'est donc pas acceptable en l'état.

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