The growing demand for wood fibre contributes to the pressure on the land resources. Currently, the growing demand is mainly seen in Asia and other growing economic regions of the developing world. In this context, investors are increasingly interested in Africa. In South America and Northern Europe the number of social conflicts is increasing.
The responses to the growing world demands for natural resources largely lie in increasing productivity on land already under cultivation or in expansion of land. The growing demand is mainly seen in Asia, particularly China, and other growing economic regions of the developing world. Investors are increasingly interested in Africa, which, in spite of its own rapidly increasing needs for wood is considered to have major reserves of under-utilised land. In South America and Northern Europe the challenges are many, e.g. increasing social conflicts as a result of land use and rights disagreements between commercial and local interests. Globally, opportunities are created through e.g. private-community partnerships and restoration of degraded lands through tree planting.
Speakers: Professor Sten Nilsson, Sweden; Professor August Temu, Kenya; Professor Jintao Xu, China; Professor Jan-Erik Nylund, Sweden.
Moderator: Dr. Björn Lundgren, Sweden.