Estimation of rubberwood production in Cambodia

Akira Shigematsu, Nobuya Mizoue, Kumiko Ide, Kakada Khun, Muthavy Pheng, Shigejiro Yoshida, Katsuhisa Kohroki, Noriko Sato

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Abstract

We estimated the production of rubberwood from 1996 to 2011 in Cambodia. We employed data from interview surveys with three rubberwood processing companies and statistics from estate rubber plantations and wood retailing companies. The result was that the end use of rubberwood in Cambodia was the sawntimber products, being exported to Vietnam and China. The yield rate from rubberwood stumpage into sawn timber was between 11.6 and 14.9%, closely matching the rates of Malaysia and Thailand. The average production of rubberwood roundwood from 1996 to 2011 was 254,697 m3/year, of which sawn timber as well as residuals in secondary processing was 84,559 and 170,138 m3/year, respectively. Although the timber production of Cambodia has declined sharply due to the strict restriction of natural forest logging, rubberwood could explain more than 60% of the domestic industrial roundwood production from 2000. We suggest the necessity of monitoring the expansion of rubber plantations in new rubber producing countries and linking the rubberwood production with the regional wood resource management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalNew Forests
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry

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