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Forestry Statistics 2015 - International Forestry

Wood removals

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A total of 3.6 billion m3 underbark of wood was removed from global forests in 2013, of which over one half (51%) was for use as woodfuel and the remaining 49% was industrial roundwood (for use by wood processors) (Table 9.4).

North & Central America and Europe together accounted for around three fifths (58%) of all industrial roundwood removals in 2013. Globally, removals of industrial roundwood increased by 5% between 2010 and 2013, resulting from increases in most regions.

Three quarters of woodfuel removals in 2013 took place in Asia and Africa. Globally, removals of woodfuel increased by 1% between 2010 and 2013.

Table 9.4 Wood removals by region, 1990-2013

Region

1990199520002005 20102013
million m3 underbark

Industrial roundwood

           

  Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

6

7

8 8

8

9

     EU-271 2

316

292

339 368

335

330

     Total Europe

517 405 519 569 532 550

  Africa

61 67 70 74 69  69

  Asia

268

276

269 282

360

 382

  North and Central America

595 603 632 635 432  450

  Oceania

34 41 47 50 57  60

  South America

110 135 147 176 197  226

  World

1 585

1 526

1 684 1 786

1 647

1 736

Woodfuel

           

  Europe

           

     UK

0 0 0 0 1  2

     EU-271 2

67 66 69 75 88  97

     Total Europe

138 107 94 107  127 145

  Africa

445 513 542 589 630  630

  Asia

897 849 808 792 766  743

  North and Central America

162 145 129 130 129  128

  Oceania

9 11 13 11 11  11

  South America

162 173 185 169 162  178

  World

1 814 1 798 1 770 1 798  1 824 1 835

Total roundwood

           

  Europe

           

     UK

6 8 8 9 10  11

     EU-271 2

383 358 408 443 423  427

     Total Europe

655 512 612 676  659 694

  Africa

506 580 613 663 699  700

  Asia

1 166 1 125 1 076 1 074 1 126  1 126

  North and Central America

757 748 761 765 561  578

  Oceania

43 51 60 61 67  70

  South America

272 308 332 345 359  403

  World

3 399 3 325 3 455 3 584  3 471 3 571

Source: FAO.

Notes:

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

2. Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013; it is not included in the EU total above.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2013

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2011

Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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