This chapter provides the introduction on the global teak study presented, which provides an analysis and evaluation of the current situation of the conservation and management of teak in both its natural range and in teak plantations. The report was prepared and compiled by a team of IUFRO scientists and other teak experts from 11 countries. The major findings of the report are condensed in Chapter 1 entitled 'The future of teak - what policy makers and managers need to consider'.

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