Forestry biomass production within a sustainable and circular bioeconomy
- Forestry has a central role among the biomass producing sectors, providing valuable sources for the EU bioeconomy.
- Forests in the EU cover one third of the land area and they have been expanding for the past 20 years.
- They provide many services to society, such as helping mitigate climate change, supporting biodiversity, regulating water, offering recreation areas and supplying wood.
- On average 281 Mt of wood are harvested in the EU each year, corresponding to 63% of the new wood grown.
- Sustainable wood production implies balancing harvesting with the full range of forest ecosystem services.
- Monitoring EU forests is key to ensuring their balanced management: the European Commission is working with Member States to harmonise data and make statistics comparable across the EU.
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