Tropical Timber Certifications

Over the last twenty years, forest concessions have undergone major changes in the Congo Basin. They have made undeniable contributions to the sustainable management of forest areas and have made it possible to overcome the States’ limited management capabilities.

They have also ensured that the timber sector remains sustainable and increases its contributions to economies and to local growth.

Thanks to an awareness campaign and major international debates, distributors (and to a lesser extent consumers) and a number of importing countries (for their public procurement) are now concerned about the origin of the timber they buy and the conditions under which this timber was produced.

In order to ensure that producers are adhering to a legal and sustainable management approach, independent certification systems attesting to responsible forest management and legality have been implemented.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CERTIFICATION:

1

Certification that attests to the timber’s legal origin

The SGS office has completed its TLTV (Timber Legality & Traceability Verification) programme, whose last certificate in Central Africa expired at the end of 2015.

2

Certification that attests to sustainable management

Two sustainable management certification schemes are currently in force in Central Africa, FSC and PEFC/PAFC - Congo Basin.

After a period of strong growth in terms of FSC-certified areas between 2005 and 2013, which contributed to a significant advance in Central Africa compared to the Amazon basin, certified areas have stagnated in recent years, then returned to increase in 2020 with the certification of new areas in the Republic of Congo.