Auditors highlight EU failure to tackle forest decline, illegal logging

EU funding has helped increase Europe’s tree cover, but forestry policy has largely failed to protect biodiversity or increase the carbon sink, while illegal logging is carried out largely unchecked, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has found.

by Robert Hodgson
Plantation forests seen from the air at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. ECA has warned much investment in tree planting goes to forest monocultures. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Plantation forests seen from the air at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. ECA has warned much investment in tree planting goes to forest monocultures. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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