Forest management in a broader context

Forests are increasingly affected by climate change, which threatens the provisioning of essential ecosystem services and forests’ support for biodiversity. Increasing temperatures, coupled with changes in precipitation and disturbances such as droughts and storms, are already noticeable altering vegetation dynamics. Active management of the forest structure and composition is needed to apply the adaptive options that secure the provision of forest ecosystem functions and services. It is likewise valid for adequate management of carbon stocks, the halting biodiversity loss and the mitigation of climate change impacts. To read further on the environmental aspect of sustainability in forests, examine the following webpages:



Biodiversity, protected areas, pressures

Forest nature Factsheet & forest biodiversity factsheet


Natural disturbances and forests

Carbon stock changes, carbon balances

Forests and climate change mitigation

Resources on bioeconomy of relevance to forests

  • Eurostat forestry data Statistics on timber removals, wood products and trade, economics employment, forest resources and environmental functions
  • Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy A European Commission initiative on better knowledge management for bioeconomy-related policymaking
  • UNECE forests (United Nations Economic Commission from Europe)/FAO (Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations) Forest information in the UNECE region with access to statistics on forest resources, products and trade and wood energy.