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Wood, Paper, Printing

Wood and other raw materials

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The estimated standing timber volume of EU forests in 2005 was 26 645 Mm³ and annual timber growth or net annual increment (NAI) is 522 Mm³. Of this only about 355 Mm³ or 68 % is currently harvested, which is why the EU forests are accumulating growing stock but also ageing (Source: Eurostat/UNECE).

It has been estimated that another 233 Mm³ of stem wood and residues could be economically mobilised without negative ecological impacts.

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