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The Private Sector’s Perspective on the use of Forest Product Information

Somboon Chuchawal1

Figure 1. World paper consumption and the 10 biggest paper and board suppliers globally

The Thai Pulp and Paper Industries Association is a non profit organization, founded in 1976. Membership comprises five pulp producers and 26 paper producers.

Figure 2. The nine biggest pulp and paper suppliers in Thailand

Figure 3. Domestic paper capacity and consumption in Thailand

Information related to forestry

Forestry information – international

Key forest information currently needed for the pulp and paper industry

Figure 4. Key forest information

Sources of forest information and statistics

  • Government sector (Royal Forest Department, Hydrographic Department etc.)
  • Pulp and paper producers
  • Reports (Pulp and Paper International , FAO yearbook, analysts’ reports)
  • Journals
  • Electronic data (Internet, CD ROMs)

  • The further development of systematic information retrieval is needed urgently for industry competitiveness:

  • No forest information centre
  • Limited forest information sources
  • Lack of funds and resources
  • Lack of active government support
  • Outdated information
  • Difficulty in accessing and searching for data
  • Accuracy and reliability of data are questionable

  • Globalization forces private sectors to strive for productivity improvement. Information is one of the top priorities to sustain competitiveness:

    see: http://WWW.FAO.ORG/Forestry/index.jsp

    Forestry information – local

    see :

    What is needed

    1 President, The Siam Pulp and Paper Public Company Limited, 1 Siam Cement Road, Bangsue, Bangkok 10800.

      Phosphate and Potash Institute?

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