Tropical hardwood plantations in Southeast Asia
The supply of feature-grade timbers from natural forests has sharply declined. Yet demand for such timber is rising due to the growth and urbanisation of the Asian middle class and aging populations in developing and mature economies.
The future of Southeast Asian forestry will be based on a shift to sustainably-managed, high-quality timber plantations. The primary plantations species in the region are teak, rubberwood, acacias, mahoganies, and eucalypts.