This study is aimed at presenting some of the concerns of representatives of the civil society of Central Africa about the forestry law and its implementation in the region. It contains various topics ranging from land laws to governance through the production of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), violent conflicts and deforestation, with examples drawn from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon.View Online Download PDF
The Forest Stewardship Council has come to be seen as one of the most important initiatives to promote the conservation and better management of the world’s forests. It aims to do this by setting standards for the independent auditing of forestry operations and companies, and allowing its logo to be used as a ‘seal of approval’ on wood and paper products that come from certified forests. The public is led to believe that products labelled with the FSC logo are from “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable” sources.
However, this report documents serious flaws in certifications being carried out in FSC’s name, to the extent that the public cannot be assured that a wood or paper product carrying FSC’s logo actually comes from a well-managed forest. Such flaws are found to be linked to certain structural weaknesses in the FSC system, to specific political decisions within the organization and to a lack of effective control mechanisms. The report presents a compelling case that urgent and fundamental reform is essential if FSC is to survive as a credible mechanism for the certification of forestry operations.View Online Download PDF