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Forestry Statistics 2014 - International Forestry

Wood removals

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A total of 3.5 billion m3 underbark of wood was removed from global forests in 2012, of which over half (52%) was for use as woodfuel and the remaining 48% was industrial roundwood (for use by wood processors) (Table 9.4).

North & Central America and Europe together accounted for around three fifths (59%) of all industrial roundwood removals in 2012. Globally, removals of industrial roundwood increased by 5% between 2010 and 2012, resulting in part from a 7% increase in Europe.

Around three quarters (74%) of woodfuel removals in 2012 took place in Asia and Africa. Globally, removals of woodfuel decreased by 1% between 2010 and 2012.

Table 9.4 Wood removals by region, 1990-2012

Region

1990199520002005 20102012
million m3 underbark

Industrial roundwood

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

6

7

8 8

8

9

     EU-271

316

292

339 368

335

 325

     Total Europe

515 405 479 540 506 541

  Africa

61 67 70 74 71  68

  Asia

268

276

269 292

341

 355

  North and Central America

595 603 632 635 432  450

  Oceania

33 41 47 50 54  56

  South America

110 135 147 176 197  219

  World

1 582

1 527

1 645 1 766

1 602

1 689

Woodfuel

           

  Europe

           

     UK

0 0 0 0 1  1

     EU-271

67 66 69 75 88  92

     Total Europe

138 107 133 139  152 139

  Africa

445 513 542 589 630  626

  Asia

897 849 808 792 766  750

  North and Central America

162 145 129 130 129  130

  Oceania

9 11 13 11 11  11

  South America

162 173 185 193 198  203

  World

1 814 1 798 1 810 1 855  1 886 1 859

Total roundwood

           

  Europe

           

     UK

6 8 8 9 10  10

     EU-271

383 358 408 443 423  417

     Total Europe

653 512 612 679  658 680

  Africa

506 580 613 663 701  695

  Asia

1 166 1 125 1 076 1 084 1 108  1 105

  North and Central America

757 748 761 765 561  580

  Oceania

42 52 60 61 65  67

  South America

272 308 332 369 395  421

  World

3 396 3 325 3 455 3 622  3 488 3 548

Source: FAO.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-27 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2012

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2011

Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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