Terra Daily, via Agence France-Presse: Fires pose a major threat to
However, it noted that despite a rising number of fires, the actual area burnt did not increase from 2000-2005, mainly due to "more effective fire suppression in many countries".
The report was released during a two-day international conference in
Forestland now covers 44 percent of
At the conference, the European Union's agriculture commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, said the continent's lumber industry is currently exploiting 60 percent of available renewable forest resources, and that there was room for development. The study was prepared by the UN's Economic Commission for Europe and its Food and Agriculture Organisation, as well as the secterariat of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in