Is forest harvesting increasing in Europe?

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06/05/2021 13:48 #1 da Armando Buffoni
Is forest harvesting increasing in Europe? è stato creato da Armando Buffoni
Is forest harvesting increasing in Europe? Yes, but not as much as reported last July in a controversial study published in Nature.The study  Abrupt increase in harvested forest area over Europe after 2015 , used satellite data to assess forest cover and claimed an abrupt increase of 69% in the harvested forest in Europe from 2016. The authors, from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), suggested that this increase resulted from expanding wood markets encouraged by EU bioeconomy and bioenergy policies. The publication triggered a heated debate, both scientific and political, as the EU Parliament and Council were discussing the Post-2020 EU Forest Strategy.In a response published in Nature, 30 scientists from 13 European countries have discovered evidence that throws into doubt the conclusions of the JRC study. In  Concerns about reported harvests in European forests , Palahí and colleagues demonstrate that the large harvest changes reported by JRC result from methodological errors. These errors relate to satellite sensitivity improving markedly over the period of assessment, as well as to changes in forests due to natural disturbances - for example drought and storm related die-back and tree-falls - being often attributed wrongly to timber harvests.

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06/05/2021 13:59 #2 da GD
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