Friday, June 5, 2015

Global Demand for Timber could Triple by 2050

WWF's Living Forests report research suggests that global demand for timber could triple by 2050. This startling statistic reflects the steadily growing demand for solid wood and paper products in emerging markets as population and economic growth takes place as well as increasing use of wood as a feedstock for bioenergy.

The world has lost half of its forests, and continues to lose an area the size of England every year. Deforestation is driven by a range of factors, particularly increased use of land for agriculture - the global population will surpass 9 billion by 2050, and will require expanding food supplies by 70 percent.

According to the WWF report, the climate change will reduce crop yields in many countries, which means food, fiber and fuel will compete intensively for limited land and water resources in the future, putting increasing pressure on forests.

Source: Die Messe - Messejournal - Ligna 2015, Hannover, 11. - 15. Mai 205