Organized by WWF China and China State Forest Administration
We have seen the rise of China as the centre of gravity of the world economy. China is the largest manufacturing economy in the world, and with its 1.3 billion inhabitants, is also the world's fastest-growing consumer market. This gives the scale of challenges and pressure for China to decouple economic growth from resource depletion.
Although the country has a forest-deficit, it has the largest plantation area in the world, and the government is seeking to raise the forest cover increasingly looking towards the non-state sector as a major stakeholder in forestry. With the Chinese forest land tenure reform, the small privately-owned plantations have become widespread in China.
Responsible markets, and its supply chains, are tools to incentivise well-managed plantations. Outgrows schemes and group certification are tools to make those markets inclusive for smallholders. As the New Generation Plantations platform is increasingly reaching out to sectors beyond traditional large scale forestry plantations, this study tour will be looking into how the China Green Carbon Foundation and the Zhengjiang Anji bamboo communities are working with the Bamboo and Carbon markets, in an effort to sustainably increase its productivity.