Asian demand for timber to intensify pressure on Central Africa’s forests

By Amended Blaise
CIFOR Forest News
January 16, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AFRICA — As the global demand for wood soars and considering Central Africa’s large reserves, there is a likelihood that timber export, notably to China and other Asian countries, will ramp up pressure on the sub-region’s 200 million hectares of dense humid forests; over half of which are unclassified, experts have posited in a new report. In the last 10 years, timber exports to Europe from Central Africa have more than halved, falling from 1.4 billion USD to 600 million USD in value, according the report titled Congo Basin Forests – State of the Forests 2021 and produced by Central Africa Forest Observatory. Much of Central Africa’s 4.2 million tonnes of wood over this period has gone to markets in Asia. According to Nicolas Bayol, the implementation of stricter European control measures to guarantee the legality of wood has driven wood export from Central Africa to Asia. 

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