Wood versus Water: Timber Plantations in Semiarid South Africa
Author: Jacobson M.G.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 101, Number 5, July/August 2003 , pp. 31-35(5)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:South Africa, the largest industrial roundwood producer in Africa, is a water-scarce country. To ensure adequate water for all South Africans, the post-apartheid government has made a radical shift in water policy, under which timber plantations are now categorized as streamflow reduction activities requiring licenses and incurring water charges. At present the water charges are low and not directly affecting operations, but the new policy raises questions about water use efficiency of forestry land uses, particularly plantation forestry.
Keywords: industry; international forestry; policy; sustainable forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resources; natural resource management
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Publication date: 2003-07-01
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