CULTIVATED EUCALYPT FORESTS GLOBAL MAP 2008 (v 1.0)
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EUCALYPTOLOGICS brings you today as part of our Global Resource Maps a visual summary of the key statistics for Eucalyptus based cultivated forests around the world. If you are in need for an answer to the question "how many planted hectares of Eucalyptus have been established?", be it at a global level or for a particular country, this resource is expected to be useful to you.
GIT Forestry Consulting's Cultivated Eucalypt Forests Global Map 2008 has been ellaborated in collaboration with Mr. Dennis Wilstermann (University of Hamburg), after an intensive bibliographic research involving the forestry databases and publications of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-Forestry), the most updated statistics from National Forestry Inventories of several key countries, and the kind input of different organisations or individuals with expertise in Eucalyptus forestry research and development around the world.
EUCALYPTUS, GLOBAL FORESTRY RESOURCE
A very dynamic primary resource of increasing strategic importance at a global level, Eucalyptus cultivated forests yield increasingly important amounts of raw materials for growers and industry alike in five continents.
Be it for its importance as a source of renewable energy resources (firewood & biomass), recyclable and renewable virgin fibers (pulp & paper industry), durable and environmentally friendly solid wood products (composite board, structural timber, veneer, furniture, etc.), unique products particularly associated to these trees (Eucalyptus oils, kino tannins, nectar and honey, etc); or be it for its importance to yield positive externalities (carbon sequestration, phytoremediation via salinity control, phytoremediation via rhizofiltering, auxilliary design tools for agroforestry systems, etc), Eucalyptus cultivated forests have followed a spectacular growth trend since their first cultivation out of Australia 235 years ago.
"Australia's most dramatic export" was how the then Australian Minister for External Affairs, Mr. R. G. Casey (now Lord Casey) described the eucalypt when welcoming forestry experts from 24 countries to Australia in 1952. Mr. Casey's phrase was well chosen, for no single tree has ever been so widely propagated throughout the world as the pungent smelling evergreen eucalypt.
The current boom in eucalypt planting abroad is likely to continue unabated in a world that is belatedly aware of how prodigal it has been with its forests in the past. What is the explanation of the eucalypt's extraordinary ubiquity? It is not the best tree in the world -if such a thing exists- but it is possibly the best all-round general purpose tree.
Dal Stivens, 1962
Half a century after the insight of these words, the state of the art and the current trends for global Eucalyptus cultivated forests prove these words not just truthful, but yet valid today.
The authors would like to express their gratitude to the following individuals and organisations who have kindly contributed to the development of the Global Eucalyptus Map 2008 due to their past and ongoing work and subsequent information transfer to the general public, or through direct inputs and expert opinions during the ellaboration stage:
ABTCP - Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel (BRA); ABRAF - Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Florestas Plantadas (BRA); ACIAR - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (AUS); Aslan, Mustafa (TUR); Ball, James (FAO); Balmelli, Gustavo (UY); Barr, Christopher (IND); Battaglia, Michael (AUS); BRS - Bureau of Rural Sciences, Government of Australia (AUS); CIFOR - Center For International Forestry Research (IND) ; Carle, James (FAO); Carrero, Omar (VEN); Del Lungo, Alberto (FAO); EUCAGEN - International Eucalyptus Genome Consortium (RSA); Evans, Julian (UK); Flynn, Robert (USA); FAO - Department of Forestry, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (ITA); Foelkel, Celso (BRA); Henson, Michael (AUS); INFOR - Instituto Forestal (CL); INTA - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria de la República Argentina (ARG); Ipinza, Roberto (CL); Koch, Nicholas (USA); Malca, Óscar (PER); MGAP - Dirección General Forestal del Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca de la República Oriental del Uruguay (UY); Midgley, Stephen (AUS); Myburg, Zander (RSA); Naing Oo, Thaung (MYA); Picos, Juan (SPA); Pou, Rosario (UY); Purse, John (UK); Rockwood, Donald (USA); SAGPyA - Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentos de la República Argentina (ARG); Sánchez Acosta, Martín (ARG); Silva, R. (FAO); Tomé, Margarida (POR); Turnbull, John (AUS); von Gadow, Klaus (GER); Wang, Huoran (CN); Wei, Run-Peng (HK); Whiteman, Adrian (FAO); Wilcox, Michael (NZ);
Estimating global statistics for forestry resources is never an easy task. And any map summarising those statistics can only be as accurate as the original data are. Forestry inventory processes are very heterogeneous around the world, and updated results are not always available for a certain country at a given time. Hence, caution when reviewing these estimations is always necessary, as they just depict an approximate frame of an ongoing dynamic process.
If you get access to your own or third party useful updated statistics on Eucalyptus cultivation anywhere in the world, we are more than grateful to welcome you to participate in the ongoing chart production of further updated versions of GIT Forestry Consulting's Global Eucalyptus Map. We are just one email away!
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