According to Dietrich Brandis, the renowned German forester, “Teak holds the place which diamond maintains among precious stones and gold among metals”. Teakwood is, thus, a benchmark used as a comparison with other tropical hardwoods in terms of quality and utilisation potential. Teak is grown in at least 36 tropical countries. According to FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), of the estimated 187.1 million hectares of global forest plantations in 2000, 5.7 million hectares, or 3% were teak. Teak is a multipurpose tree for agroforestry in many parts of Asia, Africa and tropical America.
Teak is highly in demand and is particularly popular in the emerging economies of China and India. The majority of the world‘s teak comes from non-sustainable tropical sources. Since the concerted effort to eradicate illegal logging of tropical forests, the supply of teak has fallen dramatically. Consequently, the demand for ethically sourced teak has grown, and it is forecast to continue to grow over the medium to long-term.
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