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Bolivian forests get green appeal

Over the last five years Bolivia has responded to the growing demand for ecologically sustainable wood products by becoming the world leader in certified management of natural tropical forests. The development has opened new markets for Bolivian tropical woods in Europe and the US and has turned one company, The Roda Group, into a leading supplier of garden furniture to the UK's largest home improvement chain B&Q. But concerns exist that the lack of price premiums on certified woods may prove the weak link in a business that perhaps more than any other could protect the bio-diversity of the world's tropical forests.