This 3-year project will follow-up and build on the results of project PD 52/99 Rev. 2 (I) “Development and Extension of Preservation Technology of Tropical Plantation Timber”, which contributed to the establishment of a preliminary foundation in terms of knowledge and technology for the development of an environmentally sound wood preservation industry in South China. The importance of an appropriate wood preservation industry has been recognized by key stakeholders in South China since wood treated with preservatives can increase the service life of wood products.
The project aims to develop environmentally sound timber preservative technologies and establish a treated timber products monitoring system in South China to ensure the efficient use of plantation timbers. It also focuses on the establishment of a demonstration plant for treated timbers with preservatives in South China to increase safety and quality control of wood preservatives. At the end of the project, it is expected that a treated timber products monitoring system is established and in functioning and that the Guangdong Forest Research Institute can service the wood industry in South China as a leading regional technical center.