Global timber trade and biodiversity

Producing the same amount of wood in different countries, different types of forest, and under different management regimes, can have vastly different consequences for biodiversity. In this project, together with colleagues specializing on life cycle assessment at the ETH Zurich, we looked at ten typical forestry regimes from around the world and calculated what the likely impact on biodiversity would be if these regimes produced the same economic worth of wood. We ranked the archetypal regimes in terms of likely species loss:

Ranking of forestry regimes in terms of species loss and financial gains. Reproduced from: Chaudhary, Burivalova, Koh and Hellweg 2016, Nature Scientific Reports.
Ranking of forestry regimes in terms of species loss and financial gains. Reproduced from: Chaudhary, Burivalova, Koh and Hellweg 2016, Nature Scientific Reports.

More than anything, this study is an illustration of the types of considerations we should be making when allocating new land to forestry, or changing existing forestry regimes.

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