The tropical timber sector has long had an image problem in consumer markets, with an embedded popular perception that it is implicated in deforestation. The STTC supports marketing and communication to demonstrate that sourcing timber from sustainably managed tropical forest actually supports long-term maintenance of this precious resource.
Below is an overview of tropical timber promotional tools, many of which have been developed with support from the STTC. Feel free to use them to promote verified sustainable tropical timber and contact the provider for more information.
The LCA pile planking highlights that use of verified sustainable wood in sheet piles leads to lowest environmental impact compared to pvc, recycled pvc and steel.
Eleven Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), with LCA data for tropical hardwood, commissioned from Dutch institute NIBE, have been posted at www.houtindegww.nl/LCA by Centrum Hout.
The EPDs are for African and South American species used in various dimensions for pile planking, for road safety barriers and decking. They incorporate LCA summaries (Dutch only), with the full data available from email@example.com. (Dutch only)
The Iseal Alliance’s Value and Impacts Analysis (VIA) is focused on developing new methods for interpreting and communicating existing evidence on performance and impacts of FSC and improving practices going forward
Targeting a broad audience, Fair & Precious aims to grow the market for certified sustainable tropical timber. Among the multiple benefits of sustainable forest management, it includes the livelihood and well-being impacts for forest communities. It provides a public relations and communications kit
The FSC Impact Calculator gives the impacts on forests of using FSC-certified and non-FSC-certified tropical timber. It shows the necessary costs of maintaining environmental impacts at a sustainable level
This site provides tropical timber species technical information and lists suppliers.
Please note to choose verified sustainable tropical timber only
(Full website in Dutch, with 30 reference projects using lesser known timber species in English)
(managed by Netherlands Timber Trade Association)
Houtdatabase provides information on over 200 timber species and related factsheets. Covering physical and mechanical properties, uses (including reference projects) and suppliers. It also gives availability of timber with a certificate of SFM that meets the Dutch government procurement criteria.