Forest land cover in China has grown for the last 25 years, with a gain of around 1. Around China has now the largest plantation area in the world, principally of fast-growing species. State-owned forests are principally located in the Northeast and Southwest and are primarily managed by either state-owned forestry enterprises or state forest farms, while collectively-owned forests, mainly plantations, are situated in the south TFT. According to Article 4 of the Forestry Law, Chinese forest stands are classified in the following categories:.
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(PDF) Mapping of Forestry Investments and timber trade involving Chinese Companies in Cameroon
Giant Asian logging companies that make billions from destroying rainforests use a labyrinth of secret shell companies based in a UK overseas territory, the British Virgin Islands BVI , which operate as a tax haven, according to documents seen by the Observer. The 13 companies own millions of acres in Indonesia, provide much of the world's palm oil, timber and paper, and use complex legal and financial structures to keep their tax liabilities low. An unpublished two-year investigation by anti-corruption experts, and seen by the Observer , says Britain should launch a major investigation into the use of the BVI and other tax havens by "high-risk" sectors such as Indonesian forestry. The company has agreed to pay the fines. According to evidence contained in more than 8, papers, the company, which employs 25, people in 14 subsidiaries and owns , hectares of plantations, was engaged in "routine and systematic fraudulent accounting and book-keeping practices" using British jurisdictions. It is easy to set up shell companies in the BVI, and this makes them a favourite destination for Asian corporations and individuals. A cache of leaked documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists showed last year that nine of Indonesia's 11 richest families had used tropical tax havens.
Mapping of Forestry Investments and timber trade involving Chinese Companies in Cameroon
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