A well-managed forest can have multiple benefits for society. These benefits can include ecosystem services, biodiversity and livelihoods. European forests, from where the region’s paper mills source over 90% of their wood fibre, have been growing by an area equivalent to 1,500 football pitches every day. Over 60% of this area is certified to FSC® or PEFC™ standards thanks, in part, to the support of the print and paper industry.
A new study has also found that forests could have the potential to boost rainfall. The study carried out by Nature Geoscience, has discovered that the conversion of agricultural land to forest can boost summer months’ rainfall by up to 7.6%. An explicit explanation behind this correlation is unclear, however, it is believed to have links to forest interactivity with cloudy air.