Paper production supports sustainable forest management
New Zealand has a total of 10.1 million hectares of forests, covering 38% of the land area. Of this, 8 million hectares are in indigenous forest. The area of plantation forest is 2.1 million hectares, of which 1.7 million hectares is productive area, with the balance being reserves and unplanted areas near water bodies and infrastructure.
With the increasing standing volume, the amount of carbon sequestered has also increased to 454m tonnes in 2012. 94% of the plantation forest estate is in some form of private ownership, with the principal management objective being the commercial production of timber construction, not paper supply.
New Zealand Planted Forest Portal, 2015
- New Zealand’s net stocked planted production forest covered an estimated 1.71 million hectares as at 1 April 2017.
- The total planted forest standing volume was estimated to be 519 million cubic metres with an average forest standing age (area weighted) of 17.38 years.
- The provisional new planting estimate for the year ending 31 December 2017 is 4,000 hectares. This number may be revised in the 2018 NEFD.
- Radiata pine is the dominant species in New Zealand, making up 90% of the planted production forest area.
New Zealand Planted Forest, 2018
Australia alone has two million hectares of working forests and growing. That equates to over 1,000,000 MCG’s inland area covered!
In Australia and New Zealand, paper comes from managed regrowth forests or planted forests where the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting is carefully controlled.
CEPI Sustainability 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