Sustainable forest management implies the utilization of forest resources for the benefit of local communities and the state as it has huge potential for creating employment, income and wealth. However, with the threat of depleting forest reserves our need to utilize the forest resources in a pragmatic manner is vital to our survival. Forest development has therefore been introduced in several countries of West Africa, thereby significantly contributed to establishing socio-economic infrastructure as well as employment. The countries of Gabon, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana in West Africa have identified timber industry as a major forest development sector. A total of 83% of log production is from this region alone and is strongly export oriented. Ivory Coast has been and continues to be by far Africa’s most important exporter of tropical timber.
At TANMONDIAL, we act responsibly by only sourcing government approved logging contracts and therefore harvest only “ Plantation Teak” and Gmelina species. We are in control of the entire chain of custody for timber, which means that traceability of logs can be ensured. Where processing is carried out before export, this is limited to rough sawing and sawn timber. This process is in compliance with the international market requirements and quality standards applicable to value-added products. We work with authorities to promote reforestation of secondary forests, improved development of plantation timber as well as plantation of trees in already existing forest. In many rainforests throughout the world and very much so in West Africa – preserving remaining undistributed forests has to be the leitmotif of every planning concept and we at TANMONDIAL do our share to conserve these vital forest resources.