Asia's New Woods

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Plantations of agricultural and industrial crops, such as rubber, coconut, bamboo, and oil palm, are providing important new “wood” sources for forest industries in Asia. Several of these new woods are becoming mainstream species in the manufacture of traditional forest products and in the production of innovative product lines in Asia. The estimated 27.4 million hectares of these crops in the region constitute an enormous resource that is still largely untapped. Technological improvements are permitting the use of previously wasted materials into plywood, particleboard, paper, and even lumber and furniture. The acceleration in rubberwood processing during the past decade is indicative of the potential importance that other crops may soon assume in Asian markets.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Senior Forestry Officer Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific UN Food and Agriculture Organization 39 Phra Atit Road Bangkok Thailand 10200, Email: 2: Director Forest Products and Economics Division FAO Rome 3: Forestry Consultant Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific UN Food and Agriculture Organization 39 Phra Atit Road Bangkok Thailand 10200

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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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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