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A total of 3.7 billion m3 underbark of wood was removed from global forests in 2014, of which around one half (50%) was for use as woodfuel and the remainder was industrial roundwood (for use by wood processors) (Table 9.4).

North & Central America and Europe together accounted for around three fifths (59%) of all industrial roundwood removals in 2014. Globally, removals of industrial roundwood increased by 8% between 2010 and 2014, resulting from increases in all regions.

Three quarters of woodfuel removals in 2014 took place in Asia and Africa. Globally, removals of woodfuel increased by 2% between 2010 and 2014.

Table 9.4 Wood removals by region, 1990-2014
Region 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2014
million m3 underbark
Industrial roundwood
Europe
UK 6 7 8 8 8 9
EU-281 317 294 342 371 339 347
Total Europe 517 405 519 569 532 572
Africa 61 67 70 74 71 72
Asia 268 276 269 282 361 382
North and Central America 595 603 632 635 485 517
Oceania 34 41 47 50 57 64
South America 110 135 147 176 198 231
World 1 585 1 526 1 684 1 786 1 703 1 837
Woodfuel
Europe
UK 0 0 0 0 1 2
EU-281 68 67 70 76 89 101
Total Europe 138 107 94 107 127 150
Africa 445 513 542 589 631 657
Asia 897 849 808 792 766 737
North and Central America 162 145 129 130 129 133
Oceania 9 11 13 11 11 11
South America 162 173 185 169 162 177
World 1 814 1 798 1 771 1 799 1 825 1 864
Total roundwood
Europe
UK 6 8 8 9 10 11
EU-281 385 361 411 448 428 448
Total Europe 655 512 612 676 659 722
Africa 506 580 613 663 702 728
Asia 1 166 1 125 1 076 1 074 1 127 1 119
North and Central America 757 748 761 765 613 649
Oceania 43 51 60 61 68 74
South America 272 308 332 345 359 408
World 3 399 3 325 3 455 3 585 3 528 3 700

Source: FAO.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-28 total but is part of FAO’s Asia region.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 9.5 Wood removals by region, 2014

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Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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