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List of Press Releases - 2016-5

The 21st Century will be the century of wood (21 October 2016)

How will the world look 50 years from now? Visions of life in the future often show shiny cityscapes of glass and steel. Cities with tall buildings of flowing shapes. It would seem that wood is not what we associate with our future yet “the 21st Century will be seen as the century of wood” said ...
UNECE region accounts for 87% of the world’s certified forest area (13 October 2016)

The certified forest area coverage extended across 11% of global forests in 2015. The UNECE region, with about 40% (1.6 billion hectares) of the global forest estate, accounted for 87% of the total global certified forest area (graph 1). Of the global certified forest area, 48% is in North America, ...
UNECE and FAO call for a harmonized assessment of forest availability for wood supply in Europe (23 June 2016)

Robust data on the availability of European forests for wood supply is essential for the analysis of the sustainability of forest management and for planning and forecasting the use of wood resources, biomass and renewable energy. But it is also highly relevant for the analysis of global climate ...
The link between forest and water is key to the 2030 Development Agenda (24 March 2016)

Forest ecosystems safeguard clean water supply, aquatic wildlife and increase landscape resilience to water-related hazards. As global demand for freshwater rises and demand for water resources increase, land managers and policy-makers need to carefully manage this resource.  “One third of ...
Wood continues to be the primary source of renewable energy in Europe (03 March 2016)

Wood energy accounts for 3.5% of the total primary energy supply (TPES) and 38.2% of the renewable energy supply (RES) in the UNECE region, making it the first source of renewable energy in the region. Woody biomass covers 21 to 23% of the primary energy demands of Finland and Sweden and 14 to 16% ...