Plan­ta­tions sup­ply a third of all in­dus­trial round­wood

Australian Forests and Timber - - FRONT PAGE -

A NEW study by the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO) shows that for­est plan­ta­tions, that make up less than 7% of the for­est area in the world, pro­duce one third of the world’s in­dus­trial round­wood.

In many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries ex­pan­sion of the wood-based man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­port sec­tors has only been pos­si­ble be­cause of the raw ma­te­rial sup­ply from plan­ta­tions.

The top five pro­duc­ers of in­dus­trial round­wood in for­est plan­ta­tions in 2012 were Brazil, the United States of Amer­ica, China, In­dia and Chile.

The to­tal pro­duc­tion vol­ume from plan­ta­tions in 78 coun­tries in 2012 is es­ti­mated at 562 mil­lion m3, equiv­a­lent to one third of the to­tal global sup­ply of in­dus­trial round­wood (1.7 bil­lion m3).

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