The Catalan Agricultural Institute defends that a national and regional policy must be supported and developed, in which there is a balance between agriculture and industry, as increasingly efficient CO2 emitters, and a strengthening of the forestry sector based on a solid structure ownership, with a regulation that favors the use of forests and avoid the penalization of excessive environmental regulation.

According to the entity, this measure would make sense in a country like Spain because it is the third country in Europe with the largest volume of forest mass, only behind Sweden and Finland. Specifically, the Iberian country has, according to the latest Statistical Yearbook of Spain, 7.5 billion trees and 18.41 million hectares, and a forest mass that grows at an annual rate of 2.19%, four times more than European average.

The profitability of the growth of wooded area could be carried out, according to the Agricultural Institut, through the generation of biomass especially in mountains that are properly managed.

In this sense, it is necessary to comply with current European regulations, specifically the “Land use, land-use change, and forestry” (LULUFC) regulations that directly affect the calculation of emissions. This introduces a technical criterion called “forest reference level” (FRL) that establishes a reference level called “line 0”. Biomass growth above it will be considered “sinks”, while reductions, such as logging, are accounted for as emissions.

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