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    Author(s): Peter J. Ince
    Date: 2010
    Source: Sustainable development in the forest products industry, Chapter 2. Porto, Portugal : Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 2010: p. 29-41. ISBN: 9789896430528.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Industrial timber use has provided timber revenue that has helped make timber supply and demand more sustainable in the leading timber producing regions of the world. Sustainable development implies not consuming more resources today than we can replace tomorrow, but sustainable forest management implies more than merely a non-declining supply of timber. Forests as a whole provide vital ecosystem services, as important atmospheric carbon sinks for example. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global deforestation is a major contributor to global atmospheric carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, while forest growth is a major factor in removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and thus forest management and forest growth count among the largest available offsets of atmospheric carbon emissions (Nabuurs et al., Economical industrial timber utilization is a vital element in sustaining forests and avoiding large-scale deforestation, not by avoiding timber harvest but by making forestry more economical and sustainable

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    Ince, Peter J. 2010. Global sustainable timber supply and demand. Sustainable development in the forest products industry, Chapter 2. Porto, Portugal : Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 2010: p. 29-41. ISBN: 9789896430528.

    Keywords

    Forest products, statistics, marketing, economic aspects, renewable natural resources, utilization, sustainable forestry, market surveys, timber supply, supply, demand, timber, forest products industry, forecasting, economic forecasting, lumber trade, forest resources

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