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China to Establish Timber Reserves

In order to balance timber supply and demand and guarantee national timber security China plans to establish, by 2020, strategic commercial timber reserves. Source: Lesprom

These reserves will be more than 14 million hectares in 25 provinces including Guangxi, Guangdong, Hu’nan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang.

Of the 14 million hectares, 4.5 million will be new plantations, five million will be improvement of existing mature forests and a further 4.5 million hectares will require intensive management of young and maturing forest.

The aim is to create a base yielding an annual average volume of around 142 million cubic metres.

According to the China National Timber Strategic Reserve Production Base Plan (2013-2020), 1.87 million hectares will be established in Guangxi Province to yield 13% of the target production.