25 January 2009

Indonesia lifts ban on logging of natural forests for pulp and paper

mongabay.com, January 22, 2009

Indonesia has reversed a ban on paper and pulp companies from harvesting wood from natural forests, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization in itsTropical Timber Market Report for Jan 1-15.

The decision by the forestry ministry to reverse the ban signals a shortage of wood from forest plantation projects for the pulp and paper industry. Last year plantation companies apparently delayed new plantation projects and over-harvested existing plantations.

The move will add further pressure on Indonesia's natural forests. Indonesia has the world's second highest rate of forest loss after Brazil.

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