The high-grade timber imported from the tropics possesses technical properties (such as durability) not matched by European timber species. Chemical and thermal methods have been developed to equip local timber with similar properties. However, this can only be achieved by expending considerable effort and by incorporating chemicals that cause far-reaching side-effects.
82% of the total timber use in the tropical countries is for firewood.
18% only is usefully applied.
75% (!!) of the 18% serve local consumption.
The remainder – 25% only of the total usefully applied timber - is exported from the various countries.