European Forests are still growing at a rate of 1.5 million football pitches every year

Submitted by: Martyn Eustace 12/03/2012

European Forests are still growing at a rate of 1.5 million football pitches every year


Quelle: The growth of European forests is confirmed in the MCPFE State of Europes Forests 2011 report which  provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the status and trends of forests and forest management in Europe.

  • 17 million hectares of forest growth has been achieved over the last 20 years, a rate which has been calculated as equivalent to 1.5 million football pitches every year.
  • In the same period 870 million tonnes of CO2 have been removed by European forest; equivalent to about 10% of the Greenhouse Gas emissions.
In this report, forest management practices are described as increasingly promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity