China to push for sustainable logging overseas
China issues guidelines for sustainable forest plantations abroad
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
April 25, 2007
The State Forestry Administration will soon begin the process of selecting companies to implement the guidelines, which include bans on illegal logging and clearing of natural forests for plantations, on a "trial basis," according to ITTO.
The guidelines are significant as China plays an increasingly important role in resource extraction in forests around the world. Chinese firms are aggressively investing in oil palm plantations in Indonesia and logging operations throughout Asia and Africa.
The sustainable forest plantations initiative follows the announcement of a government "green buying" policy last December. Starting in 2008, the policy will prioritize purchasing of environmentally friendly products and services. by state and provincial governments.
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