Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series
Edited by Carla P. Freeman
Chapter 14: China as an environmental actor in the developing world – China’s role in deforestation and the timber trade in developing countries
As the World’s largest ‘middleman’ in the global economy, China’s responsibility – and capacity – must be shared with other nations and stakeholders who produce, consume and benefit from the supply of goods that pass to or through China. International Institute for Sustainable Development, December 2001. This chapter examines the environmental dimension of China’s relations with developing countries through the lens of the role China is playing in deforestation – both as a source of deforestation in the developing world through its significant role in the timber trade and as a stakeholder in the preservation of global forest cover. This is an important and timely issue for several interrelated reasons. First, China’s role in the international timber trade is significant and growing. Understanding China’s role in deforestation as pressure is intensifying on the world’s forests is key, if China is to be engaged as a constructive actor in international efforts toward the sustainable management of global forests.
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