Will the paper industry stop the conversion of natural forest into plantations?

Answered by: 27/05/2009

Question

Will the paper industry stop the conversion of natural forest or high conservation value forests into plantations for paper fibre?

Answer

The nature and value of plantation forests are often misrepresented or misunderstood; they can be as sustainable as other managed forests and have a relevant environmental and economic role to play. Environmental NGOs themselves have recognised the value of plantation forests. The WWF has stated that: 'Well-managed and appropriately located plantations can play an important role in healthy, diverse and multi-functional forest landscapes. The plantation industry generates valuable foreign exchange earnings and employment opportunities for producer countries.' (WWF Vision for Planted Forests, March 2003). The paper industry supports the use of sustainably managed plantations.

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