ISSUE 1: CHINA AND THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR FOREST PRODUCTS: SUMMARY
Available in Chinese onlyBy A. White, X. Sun, K. Canby, J. Xu, C. Barr, E. Katsigris, G. Bull, C. Cossalter and S. Nilsson. Chinese translation by X. Sun View Publication
In the past ten years, China has become a global nexus in the forest products trade, dramatically increasing both its imports of raw wood and its exports of manufactured wood products. The increasing trade flows have frequently been associated with unsustainable harvesting, illegal logging and other abuses in the countries supplying China with timber. Thus, there is an urgent need for reform if the country is to meet its wood production targets, reduce its reliance on imports, alleviate rural poverty, and at the same time maintain or expand the environmental services that forests provide. This report explores
what this means for China, as well as its largest export markets – including the US, EU and Japan – who rely on imports of Chinese furniture, paneling, and other processed forest products.