Future Role Of Plantations In Europe

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European forests (177 million ha of forest and other wooded land in EU27) are mostly characterised as semi-natural, multifunc-tional forests. Only 12.9 million ha are characterised as plantations. For many of the 16 million small private owners, income from wood production is only a minor part of their total income including other sources. These circumstances and low demand under the current economic crisis hamper any investment in plantations, despite signals that the forest sector must play a role in the green economy. Here wood supply is projected with the European Forest Information Scenario (EFISCEN) model for the total of the EU forests under both a baseline where forest management stays as it is today, and a scenario where investments are expected in plantations. The authors assess to what degree these new plantations could cover any shortfall in wood supply in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress: sustaining forests, sustaining people: the role of research
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventXXIV IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, USA -
Duration: 6 Oct 201411 Oct 2014


ConferenceXXIV IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, USA

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