European forests have been growing by over 1,500 football pitches every day!
Paper loves trees
The paper industry depends on, and promotes, sustainable forest management to provide a reliable supply of wood fibre, the key raw material for its products. Well-managed forests bring multiple benefits for society, such as livelihoods, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
European forests, from where the region’s paper mills source over 90% of their wood fibre, have been growing by an area equivalent to 1,500 football pitches every day.
According to the most recent figures from the Forest and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nation (FAO), between 2005 and 2020, European forests grew by more than 58,390 km² – an area bigger than Switzerland – this amounts to 1,500 football pitches of forest growth every day! The area of forest in Europe has increased by 9% over the last 30 years.
Between 2005 and 2020, European forests grew by an area bigger than Switzerland and amounts to 1,500 football pitches every day!FAO data, 2005-2020 (latest data)
Over 90% of the wood fibre used by the European paper and paper packaging industry comes from EuropeCEPI, 2018
Over 80% of the pulp purchased by the European pulp and paper industry is certified.CEPI Sustainability Report, 2019
Well managed forests bring multiple benefits for society
Forests directly affect the livelihoods of 20% of the global population and can have recreational and cultural importance too. They provide products and renewable energy as well as natural carbon capture and storage and other ecosystem services such as controlling floods and droughts, reducing erosion risks and protecting watersheds that are a source of our water. Forests are also home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity.
As part of well-planned landscapes, managed forests play a key role in reducing pressures on natural forests and make a meaningful contribution to conserving biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being.
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