From forest to furniture: the quest to save Lower Mekong’s last standing rosewood trees

15 December 2022: China’s fascination with rosewood furniture dates back thousands of years. With its red color attributed to luck, rosewood furniture is considered a prized cultural investment handed down over generations. But after wiping out its rosewood supply during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the country is now turning to the last standing forests in Lower Mekong countries for their rosewood supply. Can we save rosewood from extinction in the Lower Mekong, while also preserving Chinese cultural legacy? 

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