Forest farms and timber producers that have green certificates to trade internationally are having a difficult time selling their eco-friendly products on the domestic market. The certificates, issued to help consumers choose products that meet social and environmental standards, are not as sought after among Chinese consumers as they are in Europe. Chen Qinglai, a manager at Paiyangshan Forest Farm in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said the economic benefits of responsible and sustainable forestry have not been recognized yet in China…Full Article: China Daily Feb 2014

Key points

  • To date, 3,000 Chinese enterprises have forest certification. The enterprise in Guangxi spent approximately CNY 4 million (US$655,000) for its certification, and together with maintenance costs, their timber is sold roughly CNY 30 (US$4.94) above the price for uncertified timber
  • In China, 18.22% of its land is forested, while the international average is 34%

ChinaAg Comment

  • China’s timber production is largely located in the southern regions of the country. In 2011, Guangxi province produced 15.2 million cubic meters of timber or 19% of China’s total timber output. Guangdong province produced 7.3 million cubic meters (9% of China’s output), while Hunan, Fujian, and Yunnan provinces produced 5.9 million to 5.3 million cubic meters of timber (7% output each).

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