A new report expresses concern about China’s logging practices:
In just 10 years China had moved from being a net importer of wood products to become the world’s leading exporter of furniture, plywood and wood flooring, sucking in vast amounts of timber from key sensitive areas, the Tropical Forest Trust said.
While some of these logs were undoubtedly from legal — and therefore sustainable — sources, supply chains were so long, varied and opaque that the origin of much of the wood was unverifiable, the Geneva-based charity said. [Full text]
– See also “Corruption Stains Timber Trade.”