The international forestry scene: Environmental and wood supply issues.

  • R. Cooper School of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University College of North Wales.
  • L. Roche School of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University College of North Wales.
Keywords: Environment, wood supply, deforestation, biodiversity, tropical forest resources, timber trade, import requirements, EC, EU, wood exporting, manufacturing, sawmills, timber processing.

Abstract

Deforestation rates in the tropics continue to increase and recent estimates show an annual rate of deforestation of 17 million ha. World concern about the loss of biodiversity and adverse climate change are beginning to have an effect on timber production in a number of major exporting countries. Future supplies of timber to world markets from natural tropical forests are likely to decline. Future increases in industrial wood supplies will be drawn principally from plantations in developed countries. Despite a growth in wood production in Western Europe, imports of forest products will continue to increase offering growing export opportunities for Ireland. A careful review of Ireland's comparative advantages in wood products manufacture and export opportunities must be made in developing strategies for the expansion of the Irish wood products industry.
Published
1991-11-01
How to Cite
Cooper, R. and Roche, L. (1991) “The international forestry scene: Environmental and wood supply issues.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9698 (Accessed: 29May2024).
Section
Conference Papers