In this blog we’ll provide you with plenty of information about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and how they play an important role in the supply of timber and protection and management of sustainable forests.
The FSC was founded in 1994 and has grown to become a highly respected and widespread forest certification system. It is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Their certification system covers more than 160 million hectares of forest which enables consumers and businesses to choose forest products including wood and paper, that have been produced with materials that support responsible forestry.
Poorly managed forests mean trees are unhealthy and not very diverse. There are often very few plants and animals and poor management and harvesting practices degrade the forest which can lead to other issues including erosion, water pollution and unsafe working conditions. Responsibly managed forests provide the world with clean air and water by restricting the use of harmful chemicals. Following FSC practices ensures degradation and erosion is kept to a minimum and wildlife, animals and plants become more diverse. Working conditions are safer and better jobs are provided to local communities and the rights of local people are respected.
FSC certification has been growing for more than 25 years and more than:
Tropical forests are home to two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity which includes thousands of different tree species. As a construction professional you can support tropical timber by considering some of the lesser known, FSC certified timber species and using those for your building projects. There are thousands of lesser known species which offer unique appearances and fantastic properties. Choosing a lesser known species can relieve pressure on over burdened trees and expand forest certification to new landscapes therefore protecting more biodiversity, smallholders and ecosystems. Tropical timber is a naturally renewable and recyclable resource.
It is worth noting that some suppliers may tell you that their supplies are sustainable or from managed sources, all in good faith of course. However, without credible certification, there may be no way of actually knowing this for sure. The FSC is the most trusted sustainable forest management solution and is committed to creating credible supply chains. They take integrity seriously and anyone connected to FSC who is involved in destructive forestry activities will have action taken against them. To support FSC, look for the FSC logo when making purchases. You can browse our FSC timber supplies here.