Lesser known timber species
18 March 2021
Lesser known timber species: this topic has been on the agenda of FSC Netherlands for a long time. The use of greater diversity in wood species is essential for responsible forest management. One-sided harvest disrupts the forest system and that is not allowed in the FSC standard. The use of multiple types of wood is an important condition to guarantee the supply of high-quality tropical wood and to make FSC forest management profitable.
Although it is a broad subject and regions such as the Amazon and South East Asia also have many species to offer, our attention is currently focused on the forests of Central Africa, the Congo Basin. After a period when a number of FSC forest managers had a hard time in this region, we are now seeing a strong recovery. In Gabon in particular, the volume of FSC-certified forest is increasing rapidly. Positive developments can also be seen in neighboring Republic of Congo. The wood from these responsibly managed forests has yet to find its way to European markets. After all, then FSC forest management will become profitable, and these forests can be protected for the future.
FSC Congo Basin CommunityVandecasteele Houtimport is a member of the working group LKTS Congo Basin (LKTSCB) which was established during the FSC Congo Basin Business Encounter 2018 in Libreville.
This working group selects wood species that are suitable for the European market. A joint approach creates the opportunity to introduce a lesser-known type of wood. Six types of wood have already been substantiated with fact sheets and folders.
Data is also collected from the FSC forest managers in the Congo Basin to provide insight into the availability of a wood species.
In this way we gain a good insight into technical properties and commercial possibilities.
Learn more: https://www.lesserknowntimberspecies.com/