Timber consumption and sustainable forest use

Assessing the EU’s current and expected consumption of global timber in relation to the global capacity for sustainable supply

O'Brien, Meghan

kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-7376-0150-4, 2016, 268 Pages

URN: urn:nbn:de:0002-401519

DOI: 10.19211/KUP9783737601511

Zugl.: Kassel, Univ., Diss. 2015

Content: The global demand for timber is increasing, with prognoses for the EU showing particularly high growth to meet renewable energy targets. However, there are limited options to meet rising timber demands within the EU, and global land competition to meet world food, energy and material needs, as well as to conserve high value nature areas, is increasing. This dissertation addresses the knowledge gap between the pressures of increased land use abroad and the underlying drivers of land use change. It argues that there is a high risk of problem shifting if EU policies to increase timber consumption are not accompanied by a monitoring system that accounts for consumption levels and provides a benchmark for sustainability.

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