Planted Forests Are Bad For The Environment
Forests are essential for the transition to the green economy. well managed planted forests are a vital element in the global forestry mix.
There are around 25 million hectares of planted forests worldwide, representing 0.2% of global land area.
They are usually tropical fast growing plantations of acacia and eucalyptus as well as northern conifers(4).
In the right place and managed sustainably, tree plantations can reduce the pressure to bring natural forest areas into production (5).
'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 planted forest types.
In South Africa, 600 million trees across 762,000 hectares are specifically grown for use in pulp and paper manufacture and the industry plants in excess of 260,000 trees every single day (6).