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Forestry Statistics 2016 - International Forestry

Wood removals

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A total of 3.7 billion m3 underbark of wood was removed from global forests in 2014, of which around one half (50%) was for use as woodfuel and the remainder 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 2014. Globally, removals of industrial roundwood increased by 8% between 2010 and 2014, resulting from increases in all regions.

Three quarters of woodfuel removals in 2014 took place in Asia and Africa. Globally, removals of woodfuel increased by 2% between 2010 and 2014.

Table 9.4 Wood removals by region, 1990-2014

Region

1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2014
million m3 underbark

Industrial roundwood

           

Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

6

7

8 8

8

9

     EU-281

317

294

342 371

339

347

     Total Europe

517 405 519 569 532 572

Africa

61 67 70 74 71 72

Asia

268

276

269 282

361

382

North and Central America

595 603 632 635 485 517

Oceania

34 41 47 50 57 64

South America

110 135 147 176 198 231

World

1 585

1 526

1 684 1 786

1 703

1 837

Woodfuel

           

Europe

           

     UK

0 0 0 0 1 2

     EU-281

68 67 70 76 89 101

     Total Europe

138 107 94 107 127 150

Africa

445 513 542 589 631 657

Asia

897 849 808 792 766 737

North and Central America

162 145 129 130 129 133

Oceania

9 11 13 11 11 11

South America

162 173 185 169 162 177

World

1 814 1 798 1 771 1 799 1 825 1 864

Total roundwood

           

Europe

           

     UK

6 8 8 9 10 11

     EU-281

385 361 411 448 428 448

     Total Europe

655 512 612 676 659 722

Africa

506 580 613 663 702 728

Asia

1 166 1 125 1 076 1 074 1 127 1 119

North and Central America

757 748 761 765 613 649

Oceania

43 51 60 61 68 74

South America

272 308 332 345 359 408

World

3 399 3 325 3 455 3 585 3 528 3 700

Source: FAO.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-28 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, 2014

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2014

Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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