Chinese tree-planting efforts and its timber demand important factors in global carbon balance: scientist

Louis Putzel, Senior Scientist for CIFOR’s Forest and Environment program, speaks about the importance of Chinese domestic and international forest policy for the UNFCCC climate negotiations at COP20 in Lima, Peru. 

In this two-part interview, Putzel explains how China’s own forest conservation measures have led to increasing imports of tropical timber, including from Peru. As a producer of timber for the international market, Peru has long faced challenges in sustainably managing its own production forests, which is a potential area of where the two countries could increase their collaboration.

China, meanwhile, has set some serious targets for reduction of carbon emissions in its current 5-year plan. At the same time, China’s huge afforestation programs offer potentially high opportunities for carbon sequestration.

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