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What does it take? The role of incentives in forest plantation development in Asia and the Pacific










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    What does it take? The role of incentives in forest plantation development in Asia and the Pacific. Executive Summary 2004
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    Over the past two decades, political developments as well as macro-economic and extra-sectoral policies have affected the forests of Asia and the Pacific to an unprecedented extent, resulting in deforestation and forest degradation. Responding to the diminishing capacity of the region's natural forests to produce timber, many countries have turned to forest plantations. Governments and their respective forest agencies are asking what it takes to encourage non-government entities to grow trees. Y et little is known about the role that direct and indirect incentives have in influencing plantation development. This executive summary of the main publication provides an overview of plantation development in the Asia-Pacific region; introduces the concept of, and rationale for, providing incentives; and summarizes the main insights gained from the case studies. The picture that surfaces is sufficiently coherent to conclude with guiding principles for supporting plantation development.
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    Private sector forest plantation development in Peninsular Malaysia
    Information and analysis for sustainable forest management: linking national and international efforts in South and Southeast Asia
    2003
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    The results of a survey into the area, composition and status of forest private plantations in Peninsular Malaysia. In addition to the physical characteristics of the plantation areas, the report looks at socioeconomic factors and problems faced by plantation owners. Incentives for planting are discussed and suggestions for improvements in incentive schemes are given.
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    Field Handbook: Poplar Harvesting 2008
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    Poplars (Populus spp.) play a key role in fast wood plantations of temperate climates. According to the data collected by FAO during the 22th Session of the International Poplar Commission (IPC) in 2004, about 7 millions hectares of plantations are managed all over the world and 56% of this area, about 3.8 millions hectares, are planted for wood production while the rest has mainly environmental purposes. For some countries, poplars result to be one of the main sources of high quality timber. Fi ve countries reported annual removals of more than 1 million m3 of poplar wood from planted forests, namely Turkey, China, France, Italy and India (in this last country all the production is obtained by agroforestry systems). Furthermore most countries reporting at the IPC declare an increase of plantations for the period 2000-2004. This success is due to the excellent results of poplar breeding leading to fast-growing and disease-resistant Populus hybrids. Thanks to the impressive flexibility of poplars, those trees provide wood for the most different uses ranging form pulp, plywood, reconstituted wood panels and engineered lumber, but also matches, furniture, and fuelwood. This last use implies new growing techniques as poplar is managed as short rotation forestry for renewable energy, resembling its cultivation to an industrial agricultural crop. The present handbook aims to expose the most common working techniques and the future trends in poplar plantations, resulting in practica l guidelines for developing efficient, cost wise and secure harvesting systems.

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