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There is a way to save tropical forests while developing a responsible economic model! The answer isn't a boycott, but rather civic-minded purchases.

Fair&Precious is a collective for the sustainable management of natural forests that promotes the purchase of FSC and PEFC-PAFC certified timber.

The conversion of existing forest areas into plantations or agricultural lands is not inevitable, particularly in the Congo Basin, in South America and in Indonesia.

In order to prevent such conversions from happening, public opinion must be rallied in order to support the forest certification model.

Fair&Precious forest managers preserve ecosystems, by harvesting less than the natural increase in trees and by developing anti-poaching programmes.

They provide services to the indigenous populations: medical care, education and access to housing.

They also invest in the local processing of certified timber, thereby providing value and curbing the exodus to larger cities.

The timber sector has been able to adapt itself to the environmental challenges of our century.

It gradually excludes players that do not participate in forest conservation and it encourages the general adoption of best practices, thanks to the support of major international donors and NGOs.

There is still a long way to go, but public support will allow it to accelerate its transition to a virtuous model.

Buying FSC or PEFC-PAFC certified timber for a terrace, for example, means that you will benefit from an exceptional natural material, while protecting local populations (pygmies in particular), plants, wildlife and the climate.

"The Fair&Precious programme to promote sustainable management within tropical forests is supported by the German Cooperation with COMIFAC (KfW - BMZ Fund) and the French Development Agency (PRCC)."

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