Forests destroyed in the pursuit of trade
Ramin is a valuable tropical Asian hardwood used for a variety of products including dowels, mouldings, picture frames, venetian blinds, furniture, and billiard cues. It is commercially popular because it is lighter in colour and harder than many other hardwoods.
Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (Kalimantan and Sumatra), Malaysia (Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak), Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Philippines.
Rainforest, peat swamp forest, sandstone ridges, limestone ridges, rocky streams.
What are the main threats?
There are particular problems with smuggling the wood through legal trade routes.
The main trading countries are Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The major importing countries are China, USA and Italy.
News: Strengthened trade controls for ramin urgently needed
What is WWF doing?
WWF's Asia-Pacific Forest Programme works to establish and manage protected areas, restore degraded landscapes, and reduce threats from unsustainable industry and agriculture practices.
WWF promotes the Forest Stewardship Council, which provides accreditation for sustainably produced timber. It promotes greater awareness among consumers, to increase demand for FSC certified timber and timber products.
How you can help
- Check before you buy - look for FSC certification when purchasing wood products.
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