The environmental quality objective Sustainable Forests aims to ensure that:
– the physical, chemical, hydrological, and biological qualities and processes of forest land are maintained,
– ecosystem services of forests are preserved,
– the biodiversity of forests is preserved in all natural geographical regions and species have the opportunity to spread within their natural range as a part of a green infrastructure,
– habitats and naturally occurring species associated with forest areas have a favourable conservation status and sufficient genetic variation within and between populations,
– threatened species have recovered and habitats have been restored in valuable forests,
– alien species and genotypes do not threaten the biodiversity of forests,
– genetically modified organisms that can threaten biodiversity are not introduced,
– the natural and cultural heritage values of forests are preserved and the conditions for continued preservation and development of these values are in place, and
– the value of forests for outdoor recreation is safeguarded and maintained.
No. It is not possible to achieve the environmental quality objective by 2020 on the basis of policy instruments already decided on or planned.