China’s annual consumption of bamboo as a substitute for wood is equivalent to 10 million cubic meters of wood, or almost 20 per cent of the country’s annual logging production. One of the main reasons for this is the scarcity of local wood resources, said associate professor Guangping Han from Northeast Forestry University, in Harbin, China. “As you know, we have a shortage of wood resources. We do have some in the north-eastern part of China, but most of the natural forests are reserves and we can’t cut them down. So, we had to think of alternative resources…Full-text article: The Borneo Post June 2013

Key point

  • Bamboo, cultivated on 5.4 million ha in China, can be used to produce plybamboo, LVL, reconstituted bamboo lumber, veneer, and charcoal

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