Imports of illegally
felled timber into China is destroying some of the world's forests,
according to Forest Trends.
Western consumers also play a major role, the Washington based non-profit
China is importing raw wood to turn it into cheap furniture, plywood and
other processed products, 70% of which it exports to rich country markets.
The report says this leads to depletion of the world's forests with
devastating social and environmental consequences.
In recent years, the study says, China has emerged as the leading importer
of tropical trees.
The problem is that much of this wood is illegally sourced and may come from
rain forests and other enviromentally sensitive areas.
The numbers are huge.
The study says exports of wood based products going from China to Europe and
the US have gone up 900% in just eight years.
The findings are the result of five years of collaborative research by
organizations in the US, Indonesia and China itself.
Other factors cited include a big increase in demand for wood products in
China itself, and China's decision to impose a logging ban to protect its
own forests. That's led to more imports of illegal wood from elsewhere.
An offshoot of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing contributed to the
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