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Bamboo Forestry in China: Toward Environmentally Friendly Expansion

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Abstract:

Bamboo, with a long tradition in China, is one of the emerging sectors in the Chinese economy. It is making an increasingly large contribution to farmers' income and playing an important role in rural industrial development. Bamboo products are also being substituted for wood products, a process that has been accelerated by a variety of policy measures. However, the bamboo expansion has come at a cost to the environment. This article discusses the bamboo sector, with particular focus on Anji County (Zhejiang), and reviews the new polices being applied in an attempt to integrate the interests of development and the environment.

Keywords: alternative wood products; ecosystem management; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Scientist Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and senior reader Department of Ecology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, 28049, Spain, manuel.ruiz@uam.es 2: Professor Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Fuyang, Zhejiang 3: Associate Professor Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Fuyang, Zhejiang 4: Program Leader CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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