At Mobitec, we believe that forests are essential for the balance of ecosystems. As a furniture producer, we recognize the important role that we play in promoting sustainable forest management and forest protection initiatives. That is why we are in support of the proposed Nature Restoration Law.
Europe’s nature is in alarming decline, with more than 80% of habitats in poor condition. The proposed Nature Restoration Law is the first continent-wide, comprehensive law of its kind, which aims to restore wetlands, rivers, forests, grasslands, and marine ecosystems. This law is a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, calling for binding targets to restore degraded ecosystems, in particular those with the most potential to capture and store carbon and to prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters. Restoring ecosystems will help increase biodiversity, secure the things nature does for free, like cleaning our water and air, pollinating crops, and protecting us from floods, limit global warming to 1.5°C, and build up Europe’s resilience and strategic autonomy, preventing natural disasters and reducing risks to food security.
The proposed Nature Restoration Law aims to improve and re-establish biodiverse habitats on a large scale for wetlands, forests, grasslands, rivers and lakes, heath and scrub, rocky habitats, and dunes. It also includes specific targets for forest ecosystems, urban ecosystems, agricultural ecosystems, and marine ecosystems. For forest ecosystems, the law aims to achieve an increasing trend for standing and lying deadwood, uneven-aged forests, forest connectivity, and the abundance of common forest birds. In urban ecosystems, the law aims to increase green urban spaces and prevent net loss by 2030. In agricultural ecosystems, the law aims to increase the stock of organic carbon in cropland mineral soils and improve landscape diversity, with a focus on high-diversity landscape features. The law also aims to restore drained peatlands under agricultural use and marine habitats, such as seagrass beds and the habitats of iconic marine species. The law also constructed to restore the connectivity of surface waters and restore at least 25,000 km of rivers to a free-flowing state by 2030.
As a furniture producer, we want to make deforestation one of our main concerns. Our aim is to increase our wood utilization rate, to have 70% of our wood purchases be FSC certified by June 2025. We also support organizations that are active in forest protection by donating 2% of our profits to them from 2023.
We believe that the proposed Nature Restoration Law is essential for biodiversity, humankind, and business. It would restore ecosystems that are currently in decline and promote sustainable forest management and forest protection initiatives. The law is currently under attack by stakeholder groups who are trying to lower its ambition. The European Parliament and Council will be making final decisions on the law in June-July and are already negotiating on the text. We support ambitious restoration targets and encourage decision-makers to take action to ensure the successful implementation of the Nature Restoration Law.