What to expect from the next EU Forest Strategy ?

The next EU Forest Strategy will be at the core of the EU Green Deal implementation. It is scheduled for 2021 but already forestry management is being discussed as part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. In terms of biodiversity preservation, old-growth forests have been put forward in particular. The European Commission is aiming at implementing a closer to nature type of management to contribute to biodiversity protection. The European Parliament just adopted The European Forest Strategy - The Way Forward own-initiative report with a large majority asking it to ensure that forests can continue to play a multifunctional role. Forests are suffering: they are hot, they are thirsty, they are sick. Faced with the magnitude of this crisis, foresters are helpless. How can the EU answer the challenges ahead?