The United States and Canada have experienced large changes in their forest sectors over the past 50 years. A new study just launched by FAO and the UN Economic Commission for Europe looks at these changes and offers projections for the forest sector in the two countries to 2030.
The North American Forest Sector Outlook concludes that over the coming decades North American forests are expected to meet increasing and sometimes conflicting environmental, social and economic demands: issues that warrant policymakers’ attention.
Projections were modeled on three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios: two scenarios assuming the rapid growth of wood-based energy, and one scenario without this assumption. The model, under the IPCC scenarios, accounted for trends in population, income and land use along with emerging technology and predicted changes to consumption patterns for wood products and bioenergy.
Markets for wood products, mainly destined for the construction sector in North America, are projected to recover by 2015 under all three scenarios examined. Projections suggest that, in spite of declining use of paper for media, global demand for other paper and paperboard for packaging and miscellaneous uses will remain strong.