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Forest witness: how the wood we choose affects lives in the Congo

17 February 2012

Some of the people affected directly by illegal logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be coming to the UK next week. They’ll make it clear to our politicians and businesses that the kind of wood products we buy here can have a big impact on lives in central Africa. They’ll also show how using sustainable alternatives is best for people and the environment. And they’ll visit places where FSC timber is in use - like the London Olympics site.

Pledge to choose FSC certified products

On Monday 20 February, three representatives from DRC forest communities will visit UK sites where certified, sustainable timber from the Congo Basin has been used - including the Olympic Park in Stratford, and Southend pier.

The following day they’ll meet politicians and businesses to tell them why we need to make sure timber imported into the UK is sourced from well-managed, FSC-certified forests.

We’ll have the full stories and pictures next week.

In the meantime, don’t miss our new Barometer report, which reveals that most EU countries are still not doing enough to stem the flow or sale of illegal and unsustainable timber - despite new legislation to halt its import.

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Logs, East province, Cameroon