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Source: European Parliament

Forest dieback affecting trees of the genus Quercus is the biggest threat to evergreen and cork oak forests on the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in northern Morocco and France. It poses a major risk to ecosystems such as cork oak silvopastures and plantations, and to the remaining ancient woodlands dating back to the pre-Quaternary period, including in areas such as the Los Alcornocales (cork oak) natural park in the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga.

While the European Commission is funding the CCPaMe project under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in order to study the direct and indirect effects of climate change on ‘Phytophthora cinnamomi’ — the main cause of the dieback — half of these forests will disappear within fifty years if urgent measures are not taken.

In light of the answer to question E-002700/2019 and taking into account the ‘Quercus’ forest dieback, the associated loss of biodiversity, the lack of effective solutions and the impact on ecosystems, I should be grateful if the Commission would answer the following question:

Does the Commission not think that there is an urgent need for it to take action as regards everything associated with biodiversity loss, for example by establishing a possible fund for replanting?

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