Italy

Italy

30% of Italy’s land area is covered by forests. The majority of Italy’s forests are privately owned, while one third are state-owned. Forest cover has been increasing over the period 1990-2015, at an annual rate of 0.8%. Much of this growth is due to the expansion of plantations, which account for over 5% of the forest area (FAO, 2015).

Italy is a major importer of timber products. In 2011, 500,000 cubic metres of timber was produced domestically, compared to imports of over 20 million cubic metres (round wood equivalent). Nearly 80% of imports are from within the EU, primarily from Austria and Germany (ETTF, 2013). Italy has a public procurement policy for paper and furniture (Brack, 2014). As an EU Member State, Italy is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.