Busting the Myth: Making paper destroys forests

THE FACT: Paper Production Supports Sustainable Forest Management!

THE FACT: Paper Production Supports Sustainable Forest Management

Australia has two million hectares of working forests and growing. That equates to over 1,000,000 MCG’s inland area covered!

In Australia, paper comes from managed regrowth forests or planted forests where the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting is carefully controlled. CEPI Sustainability Report, 2018

Australia has 134 million hectares of forest, covering 17% of Australia’s land area. Australia has approximately 3% of the world’s forests, and globally is the country with the seventh largest forest area. Australia’s forests can be divided into three categories:

  • ‘Native forest’ – 132 million hectares, 98% of Australia’s forest area
  • ‘Commercial plantations’ – 2 million hectares, 1.5% of Australia’s forest area
  • ‘Other forest’ – 0.47 million hectares, 0.4% of Australia’s forest area, and comprising mostly non-commercial plantations, and planted forests of various types. Australia’s State of the Forests Report, 2018
Over 90% of Australia’s commercial native forest operations are independently certified to comply with the world’s best sustainable forest management practices. This is compared to the global average of 8%, meaning Australia is a leader when it comes to ensuring the sustainability of forest practices. Australian Forest Production Association, 2017

Paper is a biodegradable, compostable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of men and women. Sustainable forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage.

Australian Forest Production Association, 2017

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