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Library An Overview of the Market Chain for China's Timber Product Imports from Myanmar

An Overview of the Market Chain for China's Timber Product Imports from Myanmar

An Overview of the Market Chain for China's Timber Product Imports from Myanmar

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Date of publication
November 2004
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ISBN / Resource ID
OBL:42910

This article on China's forest trade with Myanmar builds on an earlier study by the same authors: “Navigating the Border: An Analysis of the China-Myanmar Timber Trade” [link]. The analysis in this study moves on to identify priority issues along the market chain of the timber trade from the Yunnan-Myanmar border to Guangdong Province and Shanghai on China’s eastern seaboard. Give the increased intensity of logging in northern Myanmar after the introduction of stringent limits on domestic timber production in China in 1998, the authors argue it is now downstream buyers on China’s eastern seaboard who are driving the timber business along the Yunnan Myanmar border. While the boom in the timber business has provided income generating opportunities for many, from villagers in Myanmar to Chinese migrant businessmen, forests that can be cost-effectively harvested in Myanmar along its border with Yunnan are in increasingly short supply. This entails a need to explore priority areas such as transitioning border residents away from a reliance on the timber industry, assessing and mitigating the cross-border ecological damage from logging in Kachin and Shan States, and developing a more sustainable supply of timber in Yunnan through improving state plantations and collective forest management.

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Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s)

Fredrich Kahrl
Horst Weyerhaeuser
Su Yufang

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