Deforestation made in Italy

ETIFOR has published a book that addresses the responsibilities of Italian companies and consumers in the process of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics.


This publication provides a summary of the contributions to the workshop “Deforestation made in Italy”, held in Padua in December 2019. After framing the issue of deforestation and forest degradation, analysing the main drivers and impacts, the document presents methodological approaches and preliminary results related to the estimation of embedded deforestation associated with the import and consumption by Italy of products at risk of deforestation: wood and wood products, agricultural products (beef, palm oil and soybean) and by-products (cattle hides and leather).

This is a first attempt to address the issue in a systematic and rational way from the perspective of the possible responsibilities of the Italian system – institutions, companies, the world of research, civil society and consumers: a possible starting point for further studies and critical reflections on the subject, in the hope that this can be translated, with the collaboration of all, into concrete actions for the benefit of forest resources and human well-being.

The book is only available in Italian and can be freely downloaded here.

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Davide Pettenella
Davide Pettenella is full professor at the University of Padova, Italy, where he teaches forest economics. He has published more than 400 papers through his research activities and field work within programmes financed by the European Commission, FAO, European Forestry Institute, World Bank, and by Italian national and regional institutions.