The ECOFORAF project aims to support the eco-certification of African forest concessions.

The main objective of the ECOFORAF project is to promote the cultivation of ligneous resources while ensuring the preservation of forests and the associated services, for the benefit of current and future populations at the local, national and global levels.

This project, representing a total investment of around €3 million and funded by the French Facility for Global Environment and co-financed by the Chirac Foundation, the IFIA, the COMIFAC, TFT and the Albert of Monaco Foundation, joined ATIBT, TEREA, Form-International and the international ONF (National Forest Office), in a concerted effort to provide technical data and markets applicable for certified tropical timber (FSC, PEFC/PAFC, OLB, TLTV, TFT).

The ECOFORAF project is part of the preservation of forest biodiversity in the Congo Basin countries (Central Africa), members of the COMIFAC.

This project has enabled us to :

  • carry out a market study: “Opportunities for certified tropical timber in the European market”,
  • produce datasheets on ecological, wildlife and conservation zoning topics,
  • become a partner of the “Mémento du Forestier” (Forester’s memento) publication,
  • provide FSC with elements of consideration in order to draft new standards before their implementation,
  • provide training,
  • Managerial practices guide,
  • Certification training,
  • Training in reduced impact logging,
  • Production of a film that promotes certified timber to the general public via a flash drive distributed at events where ATIBT is present: “How can we preserve tropical forests?”