FSC’s presence in global wood production

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A recent analysis across FSC forest management audit reports revealed that approximately 423 million cubic meters of wood are harvested per year in FSC-certified forests worldwide. This represents 22,6% of the global industrial roundwood production.

This number represents the maximum volume of FSC-certified wood which is potentially globally available. A margin of uncertainty of +/- 5% has to be considered.

Compared to the 2016 FAO wood production data, this volume corresponds to:

  • 22,6% of global industrial roundwood production (all roundwood excluding fuel wood);
  • 11,3% of global roundwood production (which includes industrial roundwood and fuel wood).

To measure FSC-certified wood volumes, data from the most recent public reports of all 1509 independently verified forest management certificates were analyzed in 2017. Of these reports, 1138 reported volumes on a voluntary basis and in a non-standardized way. An estimate was made for the remaining 371 certificates. The reports covered an area of just under 200 million hectares of forests.

“The 200 million hectares of FSC-certified forests in the world correspond to an area larger than Chile, Vietnam, New Zealand, Gabon and the UK combined,” says Jeremy Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer at FSC International. “Not only does FSC ensure the highest standards of responsible forest management, but this new indication of the market share shows that FSC certification is becoming an important factor in global forest products markets.”

The results of this analysis have also been published in the recently released FAO State of the World’s Forest 2018.


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