Session 1.2

Forests rooted! Forests’ health and resilience through a soil perspective

Forests in Europe need to increase in quality and quantity. The role of soils is an often overlooked perspective in the health and resilience of forests, and in the fulfilment of various forest functions, such as reducing risks of floods or land degradation, carbon storage, and as a habitat for wild species. The 2030 Biodiversity Strategy calls for forests to retain their function for both biodiversity and climate, and for forests to be preserved in good health. This session aims at raising more awareness of the importance of soil in forests and the way forest management practices influence soil characteristics, and ultimately the retention of the forest functions.