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60,000 trees to be planted to tackle climate change

The forestry department will distribute 60,000 trees to be planted to tackle climate change, it was announced on Friday.

The move was part of the EU strategy for biodiversity which aims to plant an additional three billion trees by 2030 and on the occasion of the European forest week under the title Foresta 2021.

The week will be celebrated between November 22 and 28 and this year focuses on the future of forests.

“The effort to restore the forest ecosystem in degraded forest areas is a real means of recovery and prosperity because it offers the prospect of returning trees and forests to these areas. the forestry department said

“But in addition to halting and reversing ecosystem degradation, prevention is particularly important.”

Forests cover 31 per cent of the planet’s land area and 43.5 per cent in the European Union.

However, the majority of forests in the EU, about 60 per cent, are estimated to be owned by 16 million different owners, the announcement said.

For centuries, forests have been a “thriving source of cultural heritage and construction art, tradition and innovation,” but their role, “will be even more crucial to our future, because they are a natural ally in adapting to and combating climate change and will play a vital role in making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050″, the department added.

Through its proposed commitments the EU intends to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction target of at least 55 per cent by 2030.

A joint 79th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the 41st session of the FAO European Forestry Commission will be held from November 22 to 25.

The department also produced documentaries in various languages which will be available as of Sunday and for two weeks for free viewing on



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