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Communities Forests

An Assessment of China’s Forest Resources

By Gary Bull , Sten Nilsson - University of British Columbia, IIASA, Forest Trends
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China’s forest resources have been and continue to be threatened. The analysis of the various reported statistics, while often conflicting, does indicate significant challenges ahead for the forest to supply the material for industrial, non-industrial, fuelwood and conservation objectives. Given forecasted constraints on domestic fiber supply for at least two decades there could be a significant increase demand for logs and forest products from China’s trading partners. This paper indicates the challenge in reaching more specific conclusions since there are serious data discrepancies in all major statistical areas. These discrepancies must be addressed before a clear set of land and sustainable development policies can be created.