It is a sad record hunt with uncertain consequences: from one year to the next, the rainforest loss in the Amazon region increases at an ever greater rate. This year you already have that Peak reached for 15 years. It was in September alone 1.455 km2 – that is almost twice the area of the city of Hamburg.
A devastating development
If things continue at this rate, the Amazon rainforest could reach a dangerous tipping point in the coming decades: Then it will no longer just be people who are responsible for the disappearance of the forest with hundreds of thousands of clearings by fire every year, but the destruction will be driven forward by itself. Because the bare areas disrupt the water cycle of the otherwise contiguous forest areas so much that more and more trees are dying.
The runoff election between incumbent right-wing President Bolsonaro and his challenger Lula da Silva at the end of October will be one of the decisive factors in which direction deforestation progresses. Irrespective of this, it is all the more important to add value to the local forest through sustainable management and to preserve it in the long term.
Protection through use
The Betterwood we act according to this principle. Our supplier from Brazil fell only three trees per hectare in 35 years. Light machines are used for the selective removal of wood in order to carry out the harvest with care. In addition, over 13% of the total area of managed forest is designated as a protection zone. An example of sustainable forestry that offers a real alternative to economically motivated clearing to gain land for agriculture and mining.
With the purchase of certified tropical wood from tested Origin we in Europe can thus make an important contribution to the preservation of the ecosystems in the Amazon. In connection with this Biomaderas GmbH (whose onlineshop Betterwood ist) last year supported an official request for the expansion of FSC-certified areas in Brazil. The open letter”Amazon initiative', signed by sustainable timber importers from Europe, calls on local authorities to conserve more forest cover by expanding concessions with responsible, sustainable management.