International Markets Overview and Market Trends - For the development of an industry-led value-added timber market strategy in Lao PDR


Published : 2014


Based on the literature, the report addresses important elements to keep in mind when developing a strategy for the Lao PDR wood and wood products industry. Tropical hardwoods retain a significant presence in high-value niche markets such as windows, joinery, marine works and decorative veneers. The development of plantations combined with technologies that have evolved for temperate products offer opportunities to improve the performance of fast-growing species. Tropical end use products are regarded as high-value luxury products but also perceived to be associated with illegal logging and tropical deforestation. The global economic crisis, and continuing euro crisis, is reinforcing existin..

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