Getting facts right; European forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every day.
In Europe, where almost all primary forests are protected, paper comes from sustainably managed forests where the cycle of planting, growing and logging is carefully controlled, with 60% of Forests in the EU being certified under the FSC.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) data, between 2005 and 2015, European forests grew by 44,000 Square Kilometres - that’s an area bigger than Switzerland and amounts to over 1,500 football pitches every day! Studies from the FAOStat 2018 shows that 50% of the world’s wood harvest is used as fuel. Over 30% is processed for other industrial uses, such as construction and furniture. Only around 13% is used to make paper.
Today forests and other wooded lands in the EU amount to about 180 million hectares, making Europe one of the most forest-rich regions in the world, with more than 42% of its land covered by forests- (EEA, 2017).
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