Congo forest concession receives FSC certification
Workers in the IFO concession in the Republic of Congo take a break. A report by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) shows clear differences between FSC and non-FSC certified concessions in terms of workers' rights.
The largest contiguous forest concession in the tropics has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The 1,16 million ha concession, run by Industrie Forestière d’Ouesso (IFO), a subsidiary of hardwood company Danzer in the Republic of Congo, brings the total FSC-certified area in the Congo Basin to 4.8 million hectares – representing about 10% of all logging concessions in the region. WWF notes that FSC certification is the most credible system for achieving sustainable forest management, and helps companies meet EU timber rules aimed at preventing import of illegal timber. WWF applauds Danzer’s commitment to achieve certification, and encourages companies in the region to follow IFO’s good example and certify their operations with the FSC.
Original article posted on: 19.01.15 Updated on: 19.03.15