East African Sustainable Good Woods

“From bad to good woods –East Africa’s first supply of certified hard woods from well managed forest resources!”

 

Deforestation of Africa’s Rainforest is contributing significantly to global warming – reducing the ability of the planet to cope with increasing levels of carbon dioxide produced by the industrialized north. The demand for hard wood continues unabated. Such market demand often hails from the same industrialized countries primarily responsible for increased CO2 emissions.

Whilst these countries have formalized their own sustainably managed forest industries through such internationally accredited sustainably managed certification schemes as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Africa lags behind with no FSC certified sustainable forestry sectors currently in existence in East Africa.

 

As such, East Africa continues to bear the brunt of global warming whilst still felling the very forest resources that can combat and indeed reverse, not only, global warming but also rangeland degradation and reduced productivity of her lands that is already directly affecting the food and health security of her people.

In Kenya, hardwood species from Mvuli to Mahogany continues to be imported from Eastern and Central African tropical forests. Builders, furniture makers and carvers have no option to purchase sustainably sourced wood from well managed forests. As such, demand for exploited woods from deforestated areas continues unabated.

To rectify this situation, Wild Living Resources has established the first sustainable supply of hard wood from certified well managed forests. This “Goods Wood” model is located on the Wild Living Resources business park and supplies Cocowood and Neem wood sourced from FSC certified farmers located in Kenya’s Coastal district. As the business park also has Chain of Custody FSC certification, this business model is supplying not only the local building, and furniture industries but also ethical fair trade wood carving cooperatives for manufacture of wood curios into the value added international fair trade markets.

 

Wild Livings Good Woods model is replacing exploited hard woods with sustainably managed Good Woods, and therefore directly combating deforestation and global warming.

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