Up to 8.5 million m3 of timber is needed for home reconstruction in the Tsunami-hit Indonesian province of Aceh, according to the country’s minister of forestry.

About 6 million m3 of logs and 2.5 million m3 of sawn timber is required for building about 123,000 homes. A ministry team estimated the figures following a seven day visit to the province.

The ministry may issue special permits to forestry concessionaires in Aceh to help meet demand for timber.

It is also compiling inventories of forest resources in Sumatra, confiscated wood and timber rejected by exporters with a view to boosting supply in the province.