A feasibility study was undertaken in December 2000 by Integrated Tree Crops (ITC) to investigate the potential for joint venture sandalwood projects with the East Timorese. Santalum album is native to East Timor and the wood has been commercially traded since the 10th century. The sandalwood industry has been declining in the past two decades, and this coupled with a recent period of exploitation prior to the independence vote in August 1999, has resulted in only rare and isolated occurrences of Santalum album . Santalum album holds potential as a small scale plantation or agroforestry crop in East Timor , however there are impediments to such development. These issues are discussed from the perspective of private investment in joint venture projects in East Timor .
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