Lumber supply crisis in Costa Rica

Experts point out that due the lack of foresight and control by the authorities, there has been an increase in the demand for lumber for construction and for export.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Some of the sectors involved have even proposed that instead of strengthening the forestry sector, lumber should be imported.
If the appropriate actions are not taken now, the amount that will have to be spent on the importation of lumber in 2010 will be $200 million, according to studies from the Ministry of the Environment.

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