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FSC certified tropical timber more than doubles its market share in the Netherlands

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

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Research conducted by the Probos Foundation has shown that the market share of FSC certified tropical timber on the Dutch market increased from 16 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2011. It also found that in 2011, 66 percent of all wood and 33 percent of all paper and cardboard on the Dutch market could be tracked to a sustainable source. FSC Netherlands considers the strong growth of FSC certified timber from the tropics as an incentive to further promote FSC certification within the tropical forest industry.

Certification and responsible management add economic value to forests, making it possible to secure them for future generations. At the moment, 20 million hectares of tropical forest is FSC certified, which represents six percent of all tropical forest used for production. Various initiatives are committed to increase this share.

“The doubling of the market share of FSC certified tropical timber is of course great news!” explains Liesbeth Gort, General Director of FSC Netherlands, “but this is no reason to rest on our laurels, as illegal logging still is a very pressing issue. Every day many hectares of tropical forest are logged and communities and animals living within these forests are becoming more and more vulnerable. This motivates us to stimulate demand for FSC certified tropical timber, and motivates organizations to demand wood products that are not only from legal sources, but also from sustainable origins.”

The research used a definition of sustainable timber and paper derived from that used by the Dutch government in public procurement. Timber and paper certified by both FSC and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are considered to meet this definition, and are qualified as sustainable by the independent Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC). Timber and paper certified under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), however, do not qualify as sustainable.

To view the full report, click here (in Dutch only). For further information please contact FSC Netherlands communicatie@fsc.nl