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This case study is one of a series of publications produced by the Forest Harvesting, Trade and Marketing Branch of FAO as an effort to promote environmentally sound forest harvesting and engineering practices. The purpose of these studies is to highlight both the promise of environmentally sound forest harvesting technologies as a component of sustainable forest management, and the constraints that must be overcome in order to assure widespread adoption of those technologies. The study reported in this publication has been carried out in cooperation with GTZ, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation.

The Forest Products Division wishes to express its appreciation to the personnel of the FOMISS (Forest Management Information System Sarawak) Project, a cooperative undertaking of the Sarawak (Malaysia) Forestry Department and GTZ, for their kind support throughout the implementation of this study. The study, as well as the FOMISS Project itself, benefited substantially from the goodwill and support of Samling Strategic Corporation Sdn. Bhd., the industrial co-operator in the FOMISS-Samling Pilot Area.

The study described in this publication was initiated and planned by Bernd Hahn-Schilling, GTZ Chief Technical Advisor for the FOMISS Project. The analysis was carried out by Frank Richter, a consultant to GTZ, who also prepared the written report. FAO Forestry Officer Joachim Lorbach managed the preparation of the report for publication in the FAO Forest Harvesting Case-Study Series. Editing and final layout for publication were done by Dennis Dykstra.

The publication of this case study is a cooperative undertaking by the FAO programme on environmentally sound forest harvesting to sustain tropical forests and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation.

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