What Are International Hardwood Agreements

There are also international agreements on the use of tropical hardwoods and logging. The International Tropical Forest Agreement was established in 2006 to “promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical forests from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests that produce wood.” 71 countries have signed the agreement promoted by the United Nations. b) International agreements – The rainforest provides wood for furniture and is in high demand because of its good quality. This is why many international agreements ensure that the countries concerned completely ban the trade in hardwoods. International agreements on the application of tropical wood – tropical hardwoods such as mahogany are in high demand in rich countries to make furniture. This high demand leads to an increase in illegal deforestation. To overcome these international agreements, there is a restriction of wood that does not come from a sustainable source imported into the countries. FSC is an example. The Forest Stewardship Council buys sustainable wood and identifies these products with their logo so that traders know that the wood is being purchased sustainably. ITTA3 (2006) aims to “promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and to promote sustainable management of tropical timber-producing forests.” [1] It came into effect on December 7, 2011.

[2] International agreements – Tropical hardwoods such as mahogany are in high demand in rich countries to make furniture. This high demand leads to an increase in illegal deforestation. To overcome these international agreements, there is a restriction of wood that does not come from a sustainable source imported into the countries. FSC is an example. The Forest Stewardship Council buys sustainable wood and identifies these products with their logo so that traders know that the wood is being purchased sustainably.

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