Brazil regulates sale of timber
The Brazilian Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, would certify local timber
work as a unit of the international group of the same name.
The Amazon, most of which is located in Brazil, is larger than all of Western
Europe combined and shelters up to 50 percent of the world's animal and plant life.
Yet figures show that deforestation was the worst in five years in 2000 because of
illegal logging and fires.
Brazilian wood represents just 14 percent of all certified wood exports
from the world's tropical forests so there is scope for growth in trade, WWF said.
"Based on principles and criteria which are ecologically adequate, socially
and economically viable, FSC certification will help enlarge the Brazilian share of
the world's market while supporting good forest management," WWF said.
There are 70 companies in Brazil that have won FSC certification to sell timber.
Leading environmental groups like WWF and Greenpeace, in addition to Amazon
groups like rubber tapper organizations will be members of the council in Brazil.
Groups such as Brazil's paper and pulp producer Klabinare also taking part.
Copyright 2001 Reuters.