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Forests 2018, 9(3), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9030125

Coordinating the Uncoordinated: The EU Forest Strategy

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European Forest Institute—Resilience Programme, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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European Forest Institute—Central Eastern European Regional Office (EFICEEC), Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Feistmantelstrasse 4, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 6 March 2018
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The second European Union (EU) Forest Strategy responds to new challenges facing both forests and the forest-based sector which highlights the EU’s need for a policy framework ensuring coordination and coherence of forest-related policies. The objective of the present article is to analyse whether the new Strategy contributes towards horizontal policy coherence of EU forest-related policies, given its shared and exclusive competences. This is achieved by comparing European Commission and forest industry policy priorities as articulated in the Strategy and through research carried out for the recent Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of forest-based industries. Results from the comparative analysis demonstrate that the Strategy does not address many EU policies and policy instruments that affect the whole forest value chain and that it clearly omits existing EU policy instrument objectives that entail significant costs for the forest-based industry. It is therefore argued that without coordinating collective EU goals and gathering strong political support, it is at best extremely difficult or at worst impossible, to achieve coherence for EU forest-related policies across the whole forest value chain. Improving coherence of Union forest-related policies will require the Strategy to address more policy areas and instruments, including clearly defined parameters of what constitutes an EU forest-related policy. These pressing needs reach beyond what the Strategy presently sets out to achieve. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest policy; European Commission; policy coordination; policy coherence; forest industry forest policy; European Commission; policy coordination; policy coherence; forest industry
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Aggestam, F.; Pülzl, H. Coordinating the Uncoordinated: The EU Forest Strategy. Forests 2018, 9, 125.

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