Print & Paper Myths & Facts
The Myth – Planted Forests are bad for the environment – The Fact -Well Managed planted forests reduce the pressure on natural forests and can provide many other environmental benefits
Natural forests accounts for 93% of the worlds forest area with planted forest occupying 7% or 290 million hectares
Planted forests are not replacing natural forests in Europe-they can : be more productive and grow faster- be independently certified- provide new recreational facilities- n prevent soil erosion and degradation – provide new habitat shade and shelter for wildlife and contribute to rural development.
The World Wildlife Fund in their 2012 Living Forest Report said “Planted forests can be environmentally sound sources of renewable energy and industrial raw materials. In the same report they projected
that around 250 million hectares of new tree plantations for all end uses might be need to be established by 2050 due to population and GDP growth