No, on the contrary! Economic use of the precious resource allows for the protection of the ecosystem as a whole. “Attaching value” to the already existing and precious commodity can ensure its survival. Sustainable cultivation of the rain-forest encompasses the use of its renewable resources whilst also involving the indigenous population for whom the tropical forests are the basis of their existence..
The international timber trade cannot be held responsible for potentially ruining the tropical forests. Even though the public may think so: the wrecking of the forests – on average between 10 and 15 million hectares are lost annually – is due to various causes. According to figures obtained scientifically by the Federal Research Institute of Forestry and the Timber Trade. 60% of the areas are lost through itinerant peasants burning down the forests, a result of of the population increase in those areas.
The export of tropical timber and the felling of trees in responsibly managed areas support the local infrastructures and ensure employment. Sustainable forestry management not only promotes protection and survival of indigenous peoples for whom the rain-forests are vital to their existence but also, by enabling them to participate in economic gains, plays a vital role in the abolition of poverty. As long as the managed areas are responsibly managed they maintain their value and are protected as an ecosystem.