The president of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR),
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, and the new chairwoman of the CoR’s
Green Deal Going Local working group, Kata Tüttő, on 17 February launched Trees for Life, a call to action for
all CoR members – but also cities and regions across the EU – to share
their ongoing projects and new commitments in reforestation and the
greening of urban areas. Trees for Life is part of the CoR’s
Green Deal Going Local
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the president of the European Committee of the Regions, said:
“It is our pleasure to announce that the 'Trees for Life' initiative is
now a reality. We ask our members to share their delegation's tree
planting initiatives, as well as their own, by filling in the dedicated
survey. By participating, you will be able to demonstrate the leadership of
Europe's local and regional governments in building a greener and more
sustainable future for our planet."
The deputy mayor of Budapest and new chairwoman of the CoR's ENVE
commission and Green Deal Going Local working group,
Kata Tüttő, said:
“In Budapest we value trees by all the good they provide: not just by
the CO2 that they capture, but by the dust they can bind, the shadow
they cast in hot summer days and the vapour they release to the
atmosphere. We made it a priority, by creating also a registry to log
trees as part of our monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Greening urban areas is something concrete we can all do to fight air
pollution, stop biodiversity loss and make our cities more liveable.
Even smaller actions are needed to halt the climate and biodiversity
To join Trees for Life, please complete the short
online survey. Trees must be planted or sprouted after 20 May 2020 and must follow the
guidelines on biodiversity-friendly afforestation, avoiding inappropriate
afforestation of sensitive habitats such as peat lands and wetlands and
prioritising native tree species when possible and varieties, ecotypes and
provenances which take into account the need for resilience to climate
change. Guidelines and participation criteria are accessible here.
The call to action 'Trees for Life' encourages every participant – and CoR
members in particular – to plant a tree in their region, city or village,
preferably on 30 May 2022 and no later than 5 June 2022, during the EU
Green Week 2022, and to share a photo to publicise each commitment and
promote it as a contribution to Europe's reforestation.
The CoR will promote and give visibility to all shared commitments,
reinforcing the message that global warming is a global challenge that
needs local solutions.
Cities and regions contributions under Trees for Life will count directly
3 Billion Additional Trees Pledge
and contribute to the
new EU forest strategy for 2030.
The call to action comes after the announcement made by the CoR President
Apostolos Tzitzikostas and Virginijus Sinkevičius, European
Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, in a
in October 2021.
Trees for Life is one of the 10 calls to action of the CoR's
Going Local campaign. Green Deal Going Local was launched in June 2020 with
the creation of a
and a set of communications and engagement initiatives, which aim at
placing cities and regions at the centre of the EU's transition towards
climate-neutrality and provide local and regional authorities with
first-hand tools to engage with and accelerate the implementation of the
European Green Deal in every territory.
According to the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, forests are essential for our health and the wellbeing of the planet.
They are rich in biodiversity and are hugely important in the fight against
climate change. Among other benefits, planting 3 billion additional trees
across the EU will also help to
cool the air by between 2ºC and 8ºC when planted strategically in urban
provide food, such as fruits, nuts, and leaves; and
provide habitat, and protection to plants and animals, increasing urban
For more information, please contact the CoR's Green Deal Going Local
secretariat at email@example.com.