A new study shows how much timber harvesting could be stopped if the country’s timber industry were to stop harvesting and replanting.
Key points:A joint study between WWF and the University of Auckland says that while the world has plenty of timber, only about 30% of it is suitable for the growing of foodThe study found that if we stopped harvesting and planting the remaining timber, there would be an extra 1.2 billion tonnes of timber harvested and planted annually worldwideThe study, which is the first to look at how much the world could harvest without causing an environmental impact, found that between now and 2050, the world would be able to harvest approximately 1.6 billion tonnes.
“There is a huge amount of timber that is suitable to grow food on.
It’s only about 10% of the world’s total, so we can harvest a lot of that timber,” WWF-Australia managing director Matt McEwan said.”
The timber we harvest could be used to help reduce the environmental impacts of climate change.”
But if we stop harvesting, there is a great deal more to be harvested than that.
“What is the forestry industry?
The timber industry is one of the largest forms of industry in the world.
The Australian government says that of the roughly 30% that is harvested in Australia, only around 20% is suitable as a food source for humans.”
Our current harvest policies, while they’re in place, have resulted in the industry being largely unsustainable,” WWF director of sustainability John Young said.”[It] will only become sustainable in the future if there is widespread, sustainable, sustainable use of all the timber available.
“What would be the impact?
The study said that if Australia stopped harvesting, the timber industry would be significantly less viable and potentially less sustainable.”
In a situation where we have the same amount of forest, we would still need to harvest about 300,000 tonnes a year, so the impact of this would be substantial,” Mr McEuan said.
The researchers also found that harvesting timber would be associated with increased greenhouse gas emissions and would have an indirect impact on biodiversity.”
If we harvest too much, we could potentially reduce biodiversity in the forests,” Mr Young said