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2021

Conservation Timber

Conservation Timber is wood that supports long-term forest conservation


It generates financial incentives for sustainable forestry and local stakeholders who act as forest stewards.


Conservation Timber results in more and better forests compared to business as usual.


Over the past few years Pilot Projects and collaborators have developed the concept of Conservation Timber as a crucial category within wood production and procurement.


Several events have been hosted including:

Conservation Timber Forum at Carrefour de Bois, Nantes 2024

UN discussion


The events explore the significance and implications of Conservation Timber as a category of wood products to address pressing needs across various stakeholders within the value system, from consumers to forest owners and managers. The exchange of recent experience and new ideas aimed to highlight best practices and ways to accelerate the use of Conservation Timber on behalf of forest outcomes such as forest youth, forest conservation, forest entrepreneurship and value system transparency.


Our goal is foster a shared understanding of Conservation Timber's potential in meeting the urgent requirements of stakeholders across the value system. Cities globally are turning their attention to sustainable wood procurement as critical tool in their bioeconomy and climate action strategies, and they are taking notice of these efforts.


We are grateful for everyone's contributions and excited about the potential for even greater collaboration moving forward. I encourage municipal changemakers to subscribe to our newsletter, and to connect with us on LinkedIn. The momentum is inspiring!


A common misconception is that all tropical timber production is bad for forests. Illegal and over-extractive logging are serious threats to forests, but the largest drivers of deforestation, according to many scientific studies, stem from global demand for agricultural products. Illegal practices abet these processes. Where inroads are made by logging, chances increase the forest will be cleared and converted to another use.


A sustainably managed forest can supply valuable timber and non-timber products such as nuts, fruits, and medicines -- providing livelihoods for whole communities. Research shows that low-intensity forest use over long terms can sustain and even increase forest biodiversity and carbon sequestration. It takes knowledge, planning, and secure forest rights, as has been demonstrated by communities around the world.


Tropical timber has many uses in cities today– street furniture, footbridges, marine pilings, and boardwalks. Tropical wood is durable, resistant to decay, carbon storing, and renewable. A sustainable built environment is one built with wood, that comes from a sustainable sources which respect the values of a forest ecosystem. In all cases, but especially in the case of tropical wood, it is crucial to source conservation timber!

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