Well-managed planted forests reduce the pressure on natural forests and can provide many other environmental benefits
Forests are essential for the transition to the green economy. Well managed planted forests are a vital element in the global forestry mix.
Natural forest accounts for 93% of world’s forest area with planted forest occupying 7%, or 290 million hectares.1
“Well-managed planted forests can be useful in providing various forest goods and services and helping to reduce the pressure on natural forests”
FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment, 2015
“Planted forests can be environmentally sound sources of renewable energy and industrial raw material”
WWF, Living Forest Report, 2012, Ch 4
Planted Forests can be well managed. Initiatives such as the FAO Guidelines for Responsible Forest Management of Planted Forests and forest certification can help maintain ecosystems and biodiversity, protect High Conservation Values, involve multiple stakeholders and aid economic development.
Worldwide re-forestation will require expansion of a range of plantation types.