Welcome to the CFA
Professor John Innes, CFA Chair
“The objective of the CFA is to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forests and the contributions they make to peoples’ livelihoods…..”
“A particularly important aspect of the CFA is the links that are being forged between forestry professionals and civil society”.
Recent publication highlights
|International Forestry Review - March 2013||CFA Newsletter - March 2013|
Emergence and rise of eucalypt veneer production in China
Authors: Arnold, R.J.; Xie, Y.J.; Midgley, S.J.; Luo, J.Z.; Chen, X.F.
China's plywood production grew rapidly over the past 15 years from around 9 M m3 yr-1 in the mid 1990s to over 55 M m3 yr-1 by 2011. Associated with this has been a proliferation of small-scale eucalypt veneer mills processing young (≤ 5 yrs) small diameter logs (mostly ≤ 12 cm small end diameter); by 2011 there were over 5000 such mills in China with a collective capacity to process well over 15.0 M m3 yr-1 of logs. We review key characteristics of this eucalypt veneer industry with special focus on three key regions for eucalypt veneer production in China. Factors that have spurred and facilitated the rapid growth of this industry are reviewed along with future challenges likely to emerge for China's eucalypt veneer industry. (Click here for the full paper).
| Africa calling
If the headlines are anything to go by now is the time to invest in Africa. Time magazine in Dec. 2012 ran a cover story entitled "Africa Rising"; the Financial Times and The Economist followed in Feb 2013 with major features on Africa's emerging potential. With ten of the twenty fastest growing economies over the next five years from sub-Saharan Africa, it is easy to see why the interest in Africa is gaining momentum. Those who live or work on the continent certainly know that forestry investment has taken off over the last few years - particularly in Eastern Africa. With this wave of new planting it is also becoming evident that one of the major constraints to further development is the lack of quality planting material. (Members can read the full article online in the Members Only section).