The study, the first of its kind, conducted by CIFOR and jointly funded by WWF and CIFOR, utilizes a robust methodology to compare nine FSC certified and nine noncertified forest management units across Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, to assess whether certification yields social benefits above and beyond noncertified FMUs. Overall, the study firmly and consistently confirms that FSC certification has indeed yielded additional social benefit in the Congo Basin.
Many forest concessions in the tropics can contain over 100 different tree species, but their characteristics are simply not known and there is lack of knowledge about their uses and purposes.
The Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species, produced by WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network, helps fill this gap by providing more information on these valuable but often overlooked lesser known timber species. The guide provides details on more than 50 possible alternative species and their end uses, as well as information on GFTN participants supplying those species.