The disastrous consequences of illegal timber consumption in the Amazon.

Wood is part of everyone, including furniture, household items, and buildings. Its presence is undeniable, and the question of the origin of wood arises, which can be certified or not. Differentiating between these two types of materials and conducting a conscious consumption has an impact on the planet.

The illegal extraction and commercialization of wood bring a series of problems related to forest preservation and sustainability as a whole. Its practice is fast, predatory, and devastating action. In Brazil, the rates of illegal wood are high, both for export and for consumption within the country.

“There are several studies on the subject, but, in general, they all conclude that more than 50% of the wood produced in the Amazon has an illegal origin,” says Carolina Marçal, from Greenpeace Amazon campaign.

The certified wood (FSC®️ certification) is the better way to ensure a secure product since it goes beyond the documentation from IBAMA. The wood comes from a forest management process, a sustainable administration with a production process that is ecologically appropriate, socially fair, and economically viable.

To be certified, the Organization must comply with procedures contained in the principles and criteria of the FSC® Forest Stewardship Council. The process has five stages: initial contact (between the forest operation and the certifier), assessment (analysis of the management, documentation, and weighing of the field), adjustments (in case of non-conformities), Issuing of the operation certificate, After certification, apply for an operation at least once a year. FSC® is the most recognized and rigorous seal in the world and is present in 75 countries.

In Brazil, forest certification creates prospects for a more prosperous future for the Amazon Forest and all other forests in the country. It is a strategy that demonstrates results for combating deforestation, maintaining the forest ecosystem as a whole, the conservation and regeneration of native forest and wildlife, water supply, and soil formation.

Any illegal wood threatens the well-being not only of the Amazon Rainforest but also of the ecosystems. Our consumption has never needed to be as conscious as today; protecting nature is an activity we can do every day to slow down the latent process of deforestation.

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