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COVID-19 impacts on the forest sector in countries in the Western Balkans

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This report summarizes the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic had, during the first three quarters of 2020, on the forest sector of countries in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia), focusing on production, export, import, consumption, prices and employment of the main wood products: roundwood, sawnwood, woodbased panels, wooden furniture, paper and paperboards. It also covers the recovery measures implemented by Western Balkan governments. Economic indicators for the period January-September 2020 were used, and data from various sources, such as official statistics, international data bases (COMTRADE, EUROSTAT, FAO; UNECE), domestic organizations, as well as interviews with forest products companies of all sizes were used for their views on the impact of COVID-19.