About planted forests
According to FAO stats, 25 years ago, planted forests represented 4% of the world's forested area. Today they represent almost 7% and provide at least one-third of the world's timber, so their importance should not be underestimated.
In Europe, planted forests were established for protection purposes in the 19th century. Nowadays, they are mainly intensively managed in areas with oceanic climate and fast growing species to produce wood and fibre.
This partly explains why the Planted Forests Facility – originally EFIATLANTIC, the EFI Atlantic Regional Office - is based in the Atlantic part of Europe where its temperate climate and significant precipitation are ideal for forest growth. The Facility also works with well-established networks in the Atlantic area, such as IEFC ; thus benefiting from a long track record of expertise on planted forests. Furthermore, the Planted Forests Facility serves as a hub for facilitating exchange with non-European organisations dealing with the topic, such as via the IUFRO Taskforce on Sustainable Planted Forests for a Greener Future .
The future of forests relies on choices made by the foresters investing in tree planting today. However, they are faced with increasing uncertainties linked to decision-making as a result of global change; therefore it is essential to provide all kinds of decision support tools in order to produce resilient and multifunctional planted forests.