All the wood that is purchased by Bovalls is FSC®-certified. We also support Good Wood, because it adds a further dimension of sustainability through its efforts to engage forest farmers around the world in the timber trade.
Good Wood is a commercially based solution to the problem of deforestation and poverty in the forests of the southern hemisphere. Each year, eight million hectares of forest disappear from the world, resulting in loss of biodiversity and massive greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, 800 million poor people depend on forests for their survival.
Poverty and deforestation are intimately connected and there are many factors behind it. One of the main reasons is that it is not profitable to use the forest in a sustainable manner, which in turn leads to overused forests that are eventually converted to grassland to meet financial needs in the short term. If smallholders in developing countries instead got a fair price for sustainably sourced timber, they would have an incentive to protect and conserve the forest and thus stop the vicious circle of poverty and deforestation. The potential is huge, since worldwide demand for wood is so high.
Together with leading forestry experts and non-profit organisations Eco-Innovation has taken the initiative to set up the Good Wood, project, which aims to create a market for socially, economically and ecologically sustainably produced wood from developing countries. To make this possible, they work with activities throughout the value chain, ranging from the construction of new, modern, small-scale sawmills in developing countries to giving producers and end customers new opportunities for marketing, with strong story lines about the origin of the wood.
All the wood that is purchased by Bovalls is already FSC®-certified. We also support Good Wood, because it adds a further dimension of sustainability through its efforts to engage forest farmers around the world in the timber trade. This is an exciting approach that enables us to contribute to the restoration of degraded forests while also giving access to exciting new types of wood!