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Sweden’s Forests Have Doubled In Size Over Last 100 Years

January 09, 2019 |

This article was originally published on Qrius

“Sweden is a land of trees. More than 70% of its landscape is covered by forest and in less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. Yet this is also a country where chopping down trees is big business. Sweden holds just under 1% of the world’s commercial forest areas and provides 10% of the sawn timber, pulp and paper that is traded on the global market.

Far from being a logged wasteland, however, Sweden has more forest now than it did a century ago – when it had only a fraction of its current population and globalisation didn’t exist. So, how has Sweden managed to grow its timber industry as well as its level of tree cover?

The Swedish forestry model

The simple answer is that Sweden grows more trees than it chops down. Annual growth stands at around 120 million forest cubic metres, and each year around 90 million forest cubic metres of that growth is harvested. That’s because Sweden employs a sustainable forestry model…”

Read on at: Qrius.

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