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Wood Use in India—Readying for that Elusive Renaissance?

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Promoting the forest product sector in general and Wood Forest Product (WFP) sector in particular in India is a highly complex mission burdened with conflicting interests. The WFP industry needs not only to balance the demand–supply chain, a daunting task by itself considering the immense pressures and raw material shortages, but also to develop efficient tools and mechanisms required for its sustainable development. While new opportunities are emerging for this sector due to the current global revival of interest in recognizing/rediscovering the values of wood, especially the environmental advantages inherent in its production and usage, the changing scenario is also throwing up fresh challenges that have to be met. This paper highlights the main issues that need to be immediately addressed at different levels that includes concerns regarding assured raw material supplies from sustainable sources (labelled and certified wood) at affordable prices, poor utilization of available technologies resulting in widespread unscientific utilization, wastage of resources and leakage of R&D and extension efforts and the lack of reliable scientific data to validate the environmental advantages of usage of many harvested wood products. Enunciation of a ‘National Wood Use Policy’ that aims at balancing ‘market’ and ‘non-market’ values of wood use and promoting an enabling, environmentally sound operational regime at all levels is advocated. It is argued that such a strong policy response is needed at this critical juncture to address complex issues that cannot be solved at any single level. This would be an important and much anticipated development that could revitalize the sector and pave the way for even a possible renaissance in India’s amazing wood culture.

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Satyanarayana Rao, K. (2017). Wood Use in India—Readying for that Elusive Renaissance?. In: Pandey, K., Ramakantha, V., Chauhan, S., Arun Kumar, A. (eds) Wood is Good. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3115-1_40

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