Commercial logging of natural forests in key zones will be stopped by 2020 as part of a slew of reform steps to promote ecological progress, Chinese authorities announced late Tuesday [17 March 2015]. State plantations are also asked to reduce harvesting from man-made forests for business purposes by 20 percent by 2020, the central government said in an announcement on the reform management of national forest farms and zones. China logs about 49.94 million cubic meters of natural forest each year and started a landmark pilot program in key forest zones in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province to ban all commercial logging of natural forests last April [2014]…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2015

Key Point

  • As of 2015, China had 4,855 state forest farms non-cultivated land. In addition, China had approximately 87 “key forest zones” that produce logs.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2014, China banned commercial logging of Heilongjiang’s natural forests in order to protect the environment and encourage sustainable forests. As of 2014, Heilongjiang had 18.5 million hectares of (state-owned) forests.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese (i.e. mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) imports of rough timber (HS 4403) rose from 30.8 million cubic meters to 41.3 million cubic meters. In 2013, New Zealand (10.3 million cubic meters) overtook Russia (8.7 million cubic meters) as China’s largest supplier of rough timber. The next largest suppliers were the USA, Papua New Guinea, and Canada.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese (i.e. mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) imports of sawn timber (HS 4407) increased from 9.9 million cubic meters to 15.9 million cubic meters. In 2013, Russia was China’s largest supplier at 5.1 million cubic meters. The next largest suppliers were Canada, Thailand, and the USA.

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