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European forests face an uncertain future with increasing disturbances affecting their health and productivity. Action has been taken in the form of planting programmes and the natural reforestation of abandoned agricultural land. As new forests are pushing up overall forest area, existing stands are becoming less productive with age and damage. In a recent article in Nature, scientists identify five steps for managing Europe’s forests to ensure their sustainability: planting resilient species, promoting carbon storage, managing disturbances, considering renewable energy and quantifying and marketing other benefits from forests, i.e. non-wood forest products and services. Read more