The British non-governmental organization, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), has published a detailed study which reveals just how China’s appetite for wood has grown in the past decades as a result of consumption by the new middle classes, as well as an export-driven wood industry facing growing demand from major foreign furniture and construction companies.
China has become the leading importer, consumer and exporter of the world's timber. Its own forests provide less than 40% of its needs. According to the report, "in response to severe flooding in 1998, China adopted a Natural Forest Conservation Programme […] and embarked on a massive programme of reforestation […] The government spent $31bn on tree planting between 1999 and 2009."
But the gap between domestic supply and demand has continued to grow. According to the EIA, last year one-third of all the timber sold worldwide was bought by China, with little regard to its origin. Unlike the US, the EU and Australia, which, under pressure from public opinion, have adopted legislation banning illegal timber imports, China has made no such move.
The Guardian, 11/12/2012.
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The Chinese public opinion forced the government to adopt a reforestation programme.