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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2014) 59(1): 21–27
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
What factors influence forest development in the Asia-Pacific region?

Ian Armitage 1

1 Full Member, NZIF

Background This paper identifies and describes some factors that influence the effective establishment, use and management of forests in national development in the Asia-Pacific region. It is written from the authorís personal perspective as a forester who has worked for much of the past 30 years in several Asian and Pacific countries. Forests have been and continue to be important in all developing countries, notably as a source of wood for building and trade, as well as of food and water, for maintaining the stability of sloping land, for fuelwood for cooking and heating, and historically for industrial fuel. Equally important is the role of forests for soil and water conservation and as a basis of biological diversity.
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