The Environmental Audit Committee published its Fifth Report of Session 2022–23, Seeing the wood for the trees: the contribution of the forestry and timber sectors to biodiversity and net zero goals (HC 637) on 19 July 2023. The Government response was received on 1 December 2023. The Government agrees that the forestry and timber sectors will be crucial nature-based solutions as we work towards Net Zero and reverse the decline in biodiversity. That is why the Government has already acted or is planning action to address many of the recommendations and the wider points raised. The Government’s England Trees Action Plan (ETAP) sets out our vision for a thriving forest economy which contributes to the local economy of rural communities whilst also meeting our national objectives on climate and nature. Trees provide timber, recreational opportunities, and ecosystem services. …Government is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of sustainability underpin bioenergy use across the economy.