Plantations supply a third of all industrial roundwood
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).