We have had sustainable forest management in Europe for over 250 years.
The task of forestry is to preserve the forest and to use it as the source of our most important renewable resource, today and for the future. The overriding principle is never to harvest more wood than grows back.
In the EU, 776 million m³ of wood grows back annually. About 490 million m³ of this is harvested per year, with the remaining 266 million m³ remaining in the forest to constantly increase the wood supply. Europe's forest area is increasing by 440,000 ha annually, which corresponds to more than 1,500 football pitches per day.
The European forestry and timber industry is a major employer, employing 3.5 million people. This is almost as many employees as in the automotive industry.
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