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Forestry Statistics 2017 - International Forestry

Wood removals

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A total of 3.7 billion m3 underbark of wood was removed from global forests in 2015, 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 2015. Globally, removals of industrial roundwood increased by 8% between 2010 and 2015, resulting from increases in all regions.

Three quarters of woodfuel removals in 2015 took place in Asia and Africa. Globally, removals of woodfuel increased by 2% between 2010 and 2015.

Table 9.4 Wood removals by region, 1990-2015

Region

1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
million m3 underbark

Industrial roundwood

           

Europe

 

 

   

 

 

     UK

6

7

8 8

8

9

     EU-281

317

294

342 371

339

350

     Total Europe

517 405 519 569 532 578

Africa

61 67 71 75 71 72

Asia

268

276

269 282

361

400

North and Central America

595 603 632 635 485 516

Oceania

34 41 47 50 57 63

South America

110 135 147 176 198 215

World

1 585

1 526

1 685 1 787

1 703

1 845

Woodfuel

           

Europe

           

     UK

0 0 0 0 1 2

     EU-281

68 67 70 76 89 99

     Total Europe

138 107 94 107 127 148

Africa

445 513 542 589 631 666

Asia

897 849 808 792 764 729

North and Central America

162 145 129 130 129 136

Oceania

9 11 13 11 11 11

South America

162 173 185 169 162 178

World

1 814 1 798 1 771 1 799 1 823 1 866

Total roundwood

           

Europe

           

     UK

6 8 8 9 10 11

     EU-281

385 361 411 448 428 450

     Total Europe

655 512 612 676 659 726

Africa

506 580 613 664 702 738

Asia

1 166 1 125 1 076 1 074 1 125 1 129

North and Central America

757 748 761 765 613 652

Oceania

43 51 60 61 68 74

South America

272 308 332 345 359 393

World

3 399 3 325 3 456 3 585 3 526 3 711

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, 2015

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2014

Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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