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The demand for wooden raw material far exceeds China’s current wood production. China has thus become the world’s third largest importer of wood and wood products with 9% of the world’s imports¹. On the other hand China’s carbon emissions are the largest in the world. Actions are taken to increase the forest cover substantially and at the same time to increase productivity, growing stock, as well resistance and resilience of the existing forests with high priority. The Sino-German consortium Lin4Wood will contribute to these actions. Experienced internationally acting research institutions and SMEs², providing newest technologies in the forest sector, are cooperating to find sustainable land management solutions that consider socio-economic and ecological aspects simultaneously. Demonstration plots will be established that will serve as an example for effective and sustainable production of woody biomass as raw material and energy source with site adapted tree and bamboo stands. New methods of forest inventory (terrestrial laser scanning), harvesting techniques taking the ecological conditions in steep terrain into account (cable crane technology), methods to determine wood density (HF densitometry) as well as the transformation of woody biomass in energy efficient substrates (pellets) will be employed. The project team will have its main research activity in the three Chinese provinces Sichuan, Zhejiang and Guangxi

1 UNECE, 2009. The importance of China's forest products markets to the UNECE region. Hg. v. Timber Section Geneva Switzerland UNECE (Geneva timber and forest discussion paper, 57). 36 p.
2 Small and medium enterprises