Brazilian forest receives FSC certification | WWF

Brazilian forest receives FSC certification



Posted on 01 December 2004
Community members working in the São Luis do Remanso forest.
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Brasilia, Brazil – A Brazilian forest in the country's north-west has received certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), ensuring that it is legally and sustainably managed.

The FSC certification of the 7,205ha forest area in Acre — managed by the São Luiz do Remanso Extractive Reserve Rubber Tappers Association — is for several products, including numerous timber species, tree bark, copaíba oil (used in medicinal and cosmetic products), and jarina, also known as ivory plant (used in jewelry). 

"The rational use of natural resources in the Brazilian Amazon helps to keep the largest tropical forest in the world standing, as well as provides an improvement in the livelihood of traditional populations," said Luis Meneses, WWF-Brazil's Amazon Programme Coordinator. "FSC certification of multiple-use management ensures that this will happen."

The certification is expected to directly beneft 47 families who rely on these forest products. The project foresees the certification of two more areas in São Luis do Remanso, totalling an area of 39,570ha.

The FSC certification is a result of ongoing work by WWF-Brazil and the Amazon Workers Center (CTA) within the Amazonian Consortium for conservation and sustainable development.

Notes:

• The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not for profit, non-government organization based in Bonn, Germany, that provides standard setting, trademark assurance, and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. Founded in 1993, FSC’s mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

• During a meeting of the Amazon Community Management Work Group, WWF-Brazil launched a new video on the Community Forest Producers Group from Acre, which deptics the daily life of a rubber tapper who left the forest and another living in the forest.

• There are 13 community associations in the Group. Many communities are now aware of sustainable forest management, with community leaders participating in capacity-building programmes.

• Collective sales of community timber from Acre to buyers in São Paulo saw a doubling in price of sawn wood from R$400 (around US$130) a cubic meter to R$800. Half of the income obtained from the sales of certified timber is reinvested in production.

For further information:
Gina Vasquez, Communications Officer
WWF-Brazil
E-Mail: regina@wwf.org.br