This is only an excerpt of the full article that appeared in P&F Magazine. The full content is not currently available online.This followed news that Grasse-based naturals house Albert Vielle had also signed on to source the Australian material. The TFS plantation features 1,200 hectares of Santalum album and an additional 500 hectares just planted.
A recent conference at the Kimberly Grande Hotel in Kununurra, Western Australia discussed the future of Indian sandalwood in the region. Attended by 75 delegates from the Middle East, Europe, India and Malaysia, the event looked at the decline of the Indian sandalwood supply in India, focusing on poaching, deforestation and adulteration. In this environment, wild stands of sandalwood are being depleted rapidly, and huge disparities exist between legal and illegal harvest quantities. Meanwhile, demand for Santalum album is booming in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. According to experts, the situation cannot be sustained, creating opportunities for responsible suppliers and sustainable supplies.
Conference speakers addressed water management issues, responsible plantation management and certification, agreeing that the key to building an industry in Australia requires cooperation with local communities.