Fair&Precious can facilitate this. It is a collective for the sustainable management of natural forests that promotes the purchase of FSC and PEFC-PAFC certified timber.
Conversion of existing forest areas into plantations or agricultural land is not inevitable, whether in the Congo Basin, South America or Indonesia.
To prevent it, public opinion must be rallied to support the forest certification model.
Fair&Precious forest managers preserve ecosystems, by harvesting fewer trees than grow naturally and through anti-poaching programmes.
They also invest in local processing of certified timber, thereby providing added value and jobs for local people and curbing migration to larger cities.
The sustainable tropical timber sector has adapted to the environmental challenges of our century.
It excludes players that do not support forest conservation and it encourages adoption of best practices, backed by major international donors and NGOs.
There is still a long way to go, but public support will accelerate the industry’s transition to a sustainable, responsible model.
Buying FSC or PEFC-PAFC certified tropical timber decking, for example, means you will have the benefit of an exceptional natural material, while supporting local populations, plants, wildlife and the climate in supplier countries.
"The Fair&Precious programme to promote sustainable management in tropical forests is supported by the German Cooperation with COMIFAC (KfW - BMZ Fund) and the French Development Agency (PRCC)."