Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species
WWF/GFTN's Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species helps fill this gap by providing more information on these valuable but often overlooked lesser known timber species. The guide provides details on more than 50 possible alternative species and their end uses, as well as information on GFTN participants supplying those species.
“Markets are hard to change, and to enable the market for LKTS, there is an urgent need to influence and educate buyers in consumer countries of the benefits of sourcing these alternative species,” said George White, Head of GFTN. “This unique guide is designed to encourage the use of LKTS and to ensure that the world’s most threatened timber species are not harvested into extinction."
Harvesting and sourcing a wider portfolio of species, including LKTS, can help build a healthy business case for forest managers and reduce reliance on a few species as the primary source of income. The use of LKTS, in combination with FSC certification and access to high value export markets, could help make responsible forest management a more viable alternative in many of WWF’s priority places.