Towards harmonized assessment of European forest availability for wood supply in Europe uri icon


  • A new FAWS reference definition is provided and the consequences of using this new definition in eight European countries were analysed. Application of the proposed definition will increase consistency and comparability of data FAWS and will result in decreasing the area of FAWS at a European level. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
  • The analysis showed that reasons for the exclusion of forest from FAWS are diverse. Legal restrictions and specifically 'Protected areas' are considered by 79% of the countries while very few countries consider economic restrictions.
  • The data employed in this study was acquired through two questionnaires. The first questionnaire, conducted under the framework of COST Action FP1001 and a second questionnaire was completed by national correspondents and members of the UNECE/FAO.
  • The supply of wood in Europe on a sustainable basis is highly relevant for forestry and related policies, particularly in relation to (i) analysing global change mitigation strategies and carbon accounting (ii) establishing realistic forecasts and targets for wood resources, biomass and renewable energy and (iii) assessing and supporting strategies for an increased use of wood.
  • Therefore, it is relevant to have robust information of the availability for wood supply. The main aim of this paper is to harmonize the concept of 'forest available for wood supply' (FAWS) at European level.

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  • 2016
  • 2016