• What is Pro Tropenholz?  Pro Tropenholz is an association of long-established timber importers and distributors with similar concerns..

    What is Pro Tropenholz?

    Pro Tropenholz is an association of long-established timber importers and distributors with similar concerns..

  • Trade in Tropical Timber  A legitimate international timber trade does not lead to the destruction of the vital tropical forests.

    Trade in Tropical Timber

    A legitimate international timber trade does not lead to the destruction of the vital tropical forests.

  • Boycotting Tropical Timber  A boycott does not address the issue of saving the forests.

    Boycotting Tropical Timber

    A boycott does not address the issue of saving the forests.

  • Preservation of Tropical Timber  The economic use of this precious resource enables the protection of the entire eco-system.

    Preservation of Tropical Timber

    The economic use of this precious resource enables the protection of the entire eco-system.

  • Sustainable Use of Tropical Timber  Sustainable use and a sensible afforestation also benefit the people living in or near them.

    Sustainable Use of Tropical Timber

    Sustainable use and a sensible afforestation also benefit the people living in or near them.

Preservation of Tropical Timber

How can the illegal felling of timber be stopped?

The Thünen Institute suggests a solution on its website:

"One way of halting the carve-up of forests would be to initiate sustainable forest management. This requires adhering to the nationally valid legislation when felling trees. Regrettably this cannot be guaranteed globally. Therefore the EU has intervened within the framework of the FLEGT-Action Plan (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade). [...]"

How can the illegal felling of timber be stopped?

How can one differentiate between legal and illegal Timber?

The everyday consumer is not able to tell the difference at a glance. However, every consumer can check the origin of the material from certificates and seals of authenticity.Official seals, as for example those of the FSC or  PEFC, guarantee the sustainable management of the area by the exclusion of chemicals, adherence to social standards by the participants and maintaining the local infrastructure.

How can one differentiate between legal and illegal Timber?

What would be the Consequences of a Boycott of Tropical Timber?

If the market for the already negligible amount of exported timber is deprived of its supply the raw material will have lost its value for the local population. The vital argument in favour of sustainable forestry (maintaining the value inherent in these areas) would become indefensible and a different utilisation would most probably evolve.

What would be the Consequences of a Boycott of Tropical Timber?

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