Congo Basin Community Report #4 February 2020



To read: Gabon-new partnership deals to support high ambitions… FSC & AITBT find common ground in marketing committee… join linkedin group about sustainable tropical timber… your african cases needs to be shown… fsc goes to carrefour du bois 2020…



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Dear members of the FSC Congo Basin Community

Welcome to our fourth report.

A new year, with new challenges. For our Community the main ones will be to increase demand of FSC certified tropical wood and Lesser Known Timber Species and to create opportunities for more hectares of sustainable managed FSC certified forests in the Congo Basin. In these efforts we are happy to see the newly reassurance by Minister of Forests of the Gabonese Republic that afirmes obligations to implement FSC certication of the state forests through a partnership deal with FSC. (Read more)



The overall import figures of the European market are not positive. Tropical timber use is among other things hampered by a bad image. As far as we are concerned there keeps being a call for more common actions within the timber business to counter the bad image with facts. The business as a whole is not big and strong enough to match up with the promotion of the competitive materials. The main tool would be solidarity between companies with a joint strong sustainability message. FSC Netherlands in co-operation with the colleagues of FSC Denmark, France and Congo Basin are working on a communication and implementation plan for 2020.



In May FSC will be present at the Carrefour du Bois with the introduction of a number of LKTS species, and the message of the huge benefits of the use of sustainable FSC certified tropical timber and why concessionaires should make a choice in favour of FM-certification. We will keep you updated about the intitiatives that we take this year. Please also share your initiatives with the Community to find synergie.




/ Ben Romein

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