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Monitoring results of round wood utilization and wood processing sustainability in Latvia  [2012]

Krumins, J., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia); Smits, I., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia); Dagis, S., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia); Dubrovskis, D., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia);

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In society, discussions occasionally raise whether current level of wood cutting in Latvia is not too high to maintain sustainable forest industry and biodiversity. Cutting volumes for the state owned forests are calculated based on the model whose aim is to even the timber stock of each tree species in a long term period. The wood resource extraction in the private forests takes place according to free market conditions and depending on market prices. Therefore amount of round wood delivered from private forests can shift in a large range. The research had two main tasks. First task was to survey primary wood processing companies in Latvia and gather information about their round wood processing volumes, how their processing volumes divides between softwoods and hardwoods, dimensions of round wood companies demand for production and assortment of produced materials. Second task was to evaluate round wood utilization balance in the territory of Latvia and estimate if current use of timber resources in Latvia corresponds to amounts that are sustainable. Research results showed that consumption of softwood timber in Latvia is close to maximum to perform sustainable forestry, but consumption of hardwoods is possible to increase at least by 20–25%. Survey of primary wood processing companies showed that round wood processing volumes in Latvia vary from 6 to 7 million m3 annually and that large enterprises, which count only for 4% from total number of primary w
ood processing entities, process two thirds from annual round wood volume in country.
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Research for Rural Development. International Scientific Conference Proceedings (Latvia)
ISSN : 1691-4031

Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Conference
In AGRIS since:
2013
Issue:
18/2012
Start Page:
73
End Page:
79
Publisher:
Latvia University of Agriculture
All titles:
"Monitoring results of round wood utilization and wood processing sustainability in Latvia"@eng
Other:
"Summary (En)"
"8 fig., 5 ref."
"Research for Rural Development 2012. Annual 18th International Scientific Conference Proceedings. Volume 2, Treija, S.Skuja, I..- Jelgava (Latvia): Latvia University of Agriculture, 2012. International Scientific Conference: Research for Rural Development, 18, Jelgava (Latvia), 16-18 May 2012.- p. 73-79"
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Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Conference
In AGRIS since:
2013
Issue:
18/2012
Start Page:
73
End Page:
79
Publisher:
Latvia University of Agriculture
All titles:
"Monitoring results of round wood utilization and wood processing sustainability in Latvia"@eng
Other:
"Summary (En)"
"8 fig., 5 ref."
"Research for Rural Development 2012. Annual 18th International Scientific Conference Proceedings. Volume 2, Treija, S.Skuja, I..- Jelgava (Latvia): Latvia University of Agriculture, 2012. International Scientific Conference: Research for Rural Development, 18, Jelgava (Latvia), 16-18 May 2012.- p. 73-79"