Tropical Timber

Certification and responsible management add economic value to forests, helping to secure them for future generations. 

Currently, 20 million hectares of tropical forest are FSC certified, which represents six per cent of all tropical forest used for production. As the biodiversity hotspots of the world, tropical forests are home to millions of species, and are vital to the survival of indigenous peoples. FSC certification can offer forest managers in the tropics financially competitive alternatives to unsustainable practices, illegal logging and land conversion for cattle ranching or biofuel production, for example. 

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FSC Solutions

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FSC chain of custody certification provides a credible assurance that products which are sold with an FSC claim originate from well-managed forests, controlled sources, or reclaimed materials.
FM Certification
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FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.

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Tropical forests are home to two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity, including thousands of different tropical tree species. 

These forests are also the source of beautiful tropical timber, which is known for its durability, weather-resistance, and aesthetics and it is used in several applications in furniture and construction industries. While avoiding sourcing from tropical forests might seem the most logical choice, a lack of demand for tropical timber can have unintended consequences locally, forcing forest owners – whose livelihood depends on the land – to clear the forest for agriculture or other uses.   

FSC provides a solution that ensures tropical forests are managed responsibly, without harming the local communities which rely on them. 

Certificate Holder Testimony

Companies operating in tropical timber products value chains rely on FSC to make sure that tropical forests are preserved, at the same time ensuring they remain a valuable resource for the local communities which depend on them.

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As an FSC certified forestry company which manages about 1 million hectares of forest land in the Congo basin, we use a rotation cycle for harvesting trees - which is based on different socio-economic criteria and considerations on the species as well.  On average we harvest half a tree in one hectare, which is more or less equivalent to 1 football pitch, only once every 30 years.

Tullia Baldassarri, Communications and Marketing Manager at Interholco 

Meet our Partners

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Sustainable Development Goals and FSC

FSC can benefit businesses by promoting improved efficiency, market access, meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about FSCs contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Out of the Woods Webinar - Building Sustainably

Architects and designers can play a key role in preserving the rainforests by specifying the use of certified tropical timber. In this webinar, our guest speakers, Boris Zeisser, Peter Gijsen, and Tullia Baldassarri,  share real-life examples of innovative tropical wood applications, talk about advantages of different wood types, and the sustainability implications of choosing them. 


Amazon Open Letter Initiative
Lesser Known Timber Species

A united group of timber traders representing significant import volumes of timber from Brazil to the European market is calling for more FSC-certified area in Brazil. In an open letter sent to the Brazilian forest sector, the signatories aim to motivate the market of sustainably sourced timber and state the current and expected market requirements in Europe.

You can support sustainable tropical timber by considering some of the incredible lesser-known timber species; although a handful are most common, there are actually thousands of untapped tropical tree species, each with unique appearances and impressive properties. When selectively harvested, these lesser-known species relieve pressure on over-burdened trees. This expands forest certification to new landscapes, thereby protecting more biodiversity, smallholders and ecosystems