Five countries have almost two thirds of the world’s forest plantations (China, India, Japan, Russia, and the US).
Three – fifths of the entire world’s forest plantations established in the last fifteen years were in Asia.
Industrial forest plantations supply just under one quarter of global industrial roundwood.
The tropics and sub-tropics house almost 45% of forest plantations.
About four million hectares of new forest plantations get added each year in the tropics and sub-tropics.
Pine and eucalyptus account for 43% of all tropical plantations.
India, Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam have the bulk of all tropical and subtropical eucalyptus plantations (69%).
Brazil, Chile, and Argentina have 82% of South America’s forest plantations.
Africa accounts for less than 4% of industrial forest plantations.
China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, and Algeria were the only tropical or sub-tropical countries that established 100,000 hectares of plantations or more in 1995.
’The Global Outlook of Future Wood Supply from Forest Plantations’, by Christopher Brown from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has tons of facts like these. It also analyzes the economic and policy aspects driving the trends in forest plantations.
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