The motto “use it or lose it” applies when it comes to preserving the tropical rainforests.
From an ecological point of view, there’s no reason to avoid certified tropical timber as this timber comes from operations which work in an exemplary manner in the countries of origin, and give the indigenous people the prospect of living from and with the forest.
This means that certified tropical timber makes a significant contribution to preserving the “forest” ecosystem. Using certified forests responsibly will preserve these and ensure that they are not transformed into plantations and farmland.
The transition from the conventional exploitation of tropical forests to a sustainable management of the rainforest is a task which spans more than a generation.
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should also be obligated to engage constructively within their powers to promote sustainable development and the fight against poverty.
FSC and PEFC certifications
By purchasing timber products monitored by the FSC and PEFC, consumers and retailers are not merely contributing directly to preserving the tropical rainforests; they are also contributing to safety at work and compliance with environmental and social standards. The population groups active in the certified forest regions have better access to goods and services such as drinking water, sanitation facilities, electricity.