This website and database have been developed as a guide to Lesser Known Timber Species (LKTS) – also sometimes described as Lesser Used Timber Species (LUTS) or just Lesser Known Species (LKS) – from the tropical regions of the world.
The main purpose of the website is to inspire and guide timber and wood users to look for a more diverse selection of timber species as a supplement or alternative to the more well-known ones. The aim is to develop a more diverse timber market to support sustainable forestry, improved pricing and regional development through the commercialisation of a greater variety of wood species.
Every day tropical forests are destroyed or degraded due to the conversion of forest landscapes and destructive activities, such as unsustainable forestry. As well as the forest cover continuously decreasing, this development has also led to well-known timber species being overexploited and becoming in serious danger of disappearing completely.
To put an end to this unsustainable situation, there is an urgent need for diversifying the market for timber species by commercialising new species from well-managed forests.
Tropical forests contain a multitude of wood species and a great number of these are potentially of commercial value. Bringing this unfulfilled potential to the market will relieve pressure on some of the most commonly used species.
If these new species can be sourced from well managed FSC® -certified forests, the potential for sustainable long-term development is vast.
This website is monitored and updated by FSC Denmark.
The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.
The FSC’s 'tick tree' logo is used on product labelling to indicate that products are certified under the FSC system. An FSC logo on a label means that you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper, with confidence and know that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.
The FSC is the only wood certification scheme endorsed by major environmental charities, including the WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust. The FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use the forest and sacred sites in the forest are exempted from felling.
The forest owner must use local workers to run the forest and provide training, safety equipment and decent salary levels. The forest owner is often obliged to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.
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