FSC represents sustainable forestry at a major wood industry event in France

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June 13, 2024
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A delegation from FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) attended the 17th Carrefour International du Bois, the major event for forestry and timber industry professionals, from May 28 to 30 in Nantes. It was an ideal opportunity to connect with stakeholders and to promote certification among wood industry players through a true wooden construction: a fully-certified booth made of several timber species. During these three days dedicated to wood as a material, more than 150 visitors came to the FSC stand to discuss many subjects, such as traceability, new EU regulations, ecosystem services, and more. 

FSC-certified wood: the benefits explained by committed stakeholders 

FSC organized five events throughout the fair to present the benefits of sourcing FSC-certified materials to construction and wood industry operators.  

FSC-certified companies attending the Carrefour du Bois had an opportunity to take part in a business matching session for tropical timber. This event created new business relationships for FSC-certified companies attracting 50 visitors in the tropical wood value chain and establish connections with key organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

FSC also held four regional events at its booth designed to bring together actors from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Organizations such as the FAO, Rainforest Alliance or Interholco participated.  

Project certification: FSC booth 

While FSC certification assures construction actors that their wood supplies come from legal sources, and are respectful of resources, biodiversity, and people, it is possible to go a step further by having a construction, renovation, or fittings project certified - a specific traceability standard has been set up: project certification.  

To live the mission, the FSC France team applied this certification to the booth created specifically for the Carrefour du Bois. They sourced all parts according to the standard and were granted a full FSC project certification by the certification body FCBA.  

All the wood materials used for the booth are FSC-certified. The pergolas and sample displays are made from Douglas fir from certified forests in the Limousin region. Two lesser-known tropical species, Muiracatiara and Itauba, were used for the terraces. The remaining elements of the booth are made from European species such as Birch and Ash.  

This project showcases a variety of species, origins and types of wood products and will enable project managers, builders and actors in the wood industry to better understand FSC project certification and all its advantages and to position themselves as pioneers in a fast-changing market. 

To find out more about this certification project or the various FSC highlights at the Carrefour International du Bois, see the complete FSC programme of the event.