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TRADINGTIMBER WELCOMES 2021

A new year begins and we couldn’t be more excited about it. The past year has been a challenging one that has led many companies to reorganize and readjust to a new reality, the pandemic that the world is going through.

Tradingtimber tried, from the first day, to create a feeling of safety for both its employees and its customers, so that the business could continue without suffering almost any damage.

Today, regarding the data from the past year, we can say that we have successfully completed this intention.

In a year where several companies had to close their doors temporarily or permanently, Tradingtimber managed to maintain its growth compared to previous years.

We appreciate the loyalty of our customers and the effort of our employees to maintain a climate of professional stability that was reflected in the closing of accounts in 2020.

We hope that 2021 will allow new contracts to be entered into and that we will be able to further strengthen our connection with customers from previous years, as well as new customers.

 

 

Congo Basin: “green lung” threatened by deforestation

The second green lung on the planet is being threatened by the growing demand for food, wood, and coal, the lack of economic opportunities, and the illegal trade in species.

The giant forest is distributed in six countries: Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.

“We urgently need to understand how Central African forests work to create sustainable plans that benefit communities, climate and biodiversity at the same time,” said Paolo Cerutti, one of the world’s leading experts on the subject and responsible for the Training, Research and Development Project.

There’s a vast flora that has more than 10 thousand plan species and is rich in both plant and animal biodiversity. The Congo Basin also regulates the climate and rain patterns in the world.

The main causes for the region degradation are coal production and slash and burn agriculture, followed by logging and mining.

“Normally, artisanal loggers selectively cut the trees that are of interest to the joinery and construction sectors, then the local population cuts the rest of the trees to make charcoal and, in the last stage, burns all the vegetation in the region to grow food such as manioc. Productivity is very low and the land soon runs out, which is why the cycle repeats itself elsewhere, progressively devouring the forest” explains scientist Silvia Ferrari, cited by the newspaper El Pais.

Read more: https://greensavers.sapo.pt/o-segundo-pulmao-verde-do-planeta-esta-a-ser-ameacado-pelo-desmatamento/

 

Gabon: balancing between a growing timber industry and the global environment

This country is located in West Africa and 80% of it is covered in tropical rainforests, this has given the country a rise on the country’s second highest export – timber.

Lee White, the country’s Minister of forests, admits that “”We produce about 500 million euros of timber exports. Our vision is to get to five billion euros over the next 6 years,” White told CNN”.

But beyond exporting large quantities of wood, Gabon wants to ensure it does not damage its rainforests and the environment while at it. In September Gabon received $150 million in international funds to preserve its rainforest.

We produce about 500 million euros of timber exports. Our vision is to get to five billion euros over the next 6 years

Back to 2010, the exportation of logs was banned as a way to protect the country’s natural resources and to prevent the waste of raw materials.

And in April, it imposed another ban on three highly priced wood species to protect its processing sector.

In June, following nearly 5000 cubic meters of illegally logged wood were found at Owendo Port in Libreville, the country’s former vice president and the former forest minister were fired.

And while it is a delicate balance protecting the country’s natural resources while boosting the economy, Gabon appears to be leading the way on the continent.

 

 

 

Tradingtimber is a brand of the company Listimber based in Portugal that focuses on the exportation of tropical wood, mainly from Brazil and Africa. Humanity, humility, integrity and distinction are the bases used by the company in all interactions and services provided.