China to Halt Commercial Logging in Several Natural Forest Zones by 2020

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

Chinese Demand for Siamese Rosewood Drives Illegal Logging in Mekong Region

Runaway Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood [Dalbergia cochinchinensis] and driving a chain of cross-border corruption and violence, environmentalists said Monday [12 May 2014]. Increasing wealth in China has seen a surge in sales of consumer status symbols such as reproductions of

Heilongjiang Province Bans Commercial Logging of its Forests

Heilongjiang Province in northeast China will ban commercial logging of its natural forests from Tuesday [1 April 2014]. Excessive logging over long periods have sharply reduced forest resources and downgraded quality of state forests in the province, said Zhao Shucong, chief of the state forestry administration. “To protect the ecosystem and insure sustainable development of

China’s “Green” Timber Producers are Struggling on the Domestic Market

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

Poplar Forest in Northwestern Hebei Province, Planted to Guard against Sandstorms, in Decay

A forest planted decades ago to prevent sandstorms from hitting northern China is in a severe state of decay. The tree line covers more than 102,000 hectares of northern Zhangjiakou, a city in Hebei province about 200 kilometers from the capital. According to forestry officials, 92 percent of the poplars last year were “hypermature”, meaning

The Dalian Commodity Exchange Launches Fiberwood and Plywood Futures

China, the world’s largest source of forestry products, started trading fiberwood and plywood futures Friday at the Dalian Commodity Exchange. Shi Feng, secretary-general of the China National Forest Product Industry Association, said the launch of the two futures contracts will offer companies more tools in pricing, help them arrange production and sales, and hedge risks…Full