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WWF Living Forest Report sees tripled demand for wood by 2050

The amount of wood felled in forests and plantations every year could triple by 2050 due to rising population and demand. This is a conclusion found in the fourth and latest instalment of WWF’s Living Forests Report, produced with support from IKEA.

"A scenario of tripling the amount of wood society takes from forests and plantations needs to motivate good stewardship that safeguards forests - otherwise we could destroy the very places where wood grows," says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s Global Forest Programme.

"The key challenge for forest-based industries is how to supply more wood products with less impact on nature. This challenge spans the whole supply chain, from where and how wood is grown and harvested to how wisely and efficiently it is processed, used and reused," Rod Taylor continues.

WWF’s forest conservation target is zero net deforestation and forest degradation by 2020, which means no overall loss of forest area or forest quality. The target requires the loss of natural forests to be reduced to near zero, down from the current 13 million hectares a year, and held at that level indefinitely.

"WWF’s research suggests that it is possible to achieve zero net deforestation and forest degradation while sustaining a vibrant wood products industry that meets people’s needs," says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International´s global pulp and paper work. "But the longer we delay our actions the more difficult and costly the solutions will be. We need wiser consumption, more efficiency, responsible forestry practices, good governance and more transparency."

WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and business about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century and is based on scenarios made in co-operation with the research institute IASA.

Read the Living Forest Report here



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The key challenge for forest-based industries is how to supply more wood products with less impact on nature.


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