Timber from domestic forests is a natural and renewable resource which is both modern and environmentally friendly. But is that also true of tropical timber from rainforests?
Tropical timber is a popular material that is still quite common in our home-improvement stores. Its use entails many problems and disadvantages, however. Numerous studies have shown that most of it – in some source countries up to 90 percent – was felled illegally, destroying ecosystems forever. Furthermore, trade in illegal timber still has not been banned in the EU.
Every year, 13 million hectares of rainforest disappear worldwide. These figures show that not buying tropical timber at all is still the most effective way to counter the trade in illegally logged timber. Timber grown locally is a sound alternative.
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FSC: The seal of the Forest Stewardship Council, which purports to certify sustainable forestry. In the past, however, the FSC has often certified dubious projects or wood from demonstrably illegal logging operations. We therefore advise consumers to avoid tropical timber altogether.
Your signature can make a real difference. Our petitions expose destructive projects and name the perpetrators. Together we can have an even greater impact!
Ghana: Hands off of endangered rosewood!
The illicit rosewood trade is destroying entire forests in West Africa and logging the species to extinction. Despite its national logging ban, Ghana is the hotspot of destruction. This forest crime needs to end NOW. Keep the rosewood in the forest!More information
To: the European Commission
“Ghana is trafficking thousands of rosewood logs every month. Use the EU’s trade leverage to stop this before it leads to the local extinction of the species.”