Cumaru smooth decking boards 145mm wide

Betterwood " Environment " Origin »Peru

The wood from Peru

Our Peruvian woods come from certified forests in the Madre de Dios region. In addition to sustainable primary forest management, transport to Lima is one of the biggest challenges. The path leads over steep Andean passes and is often impassable in autumn due to the heavy rains of the El Niño weather anomaly.

The forest

The forests of our Peruvian decking and wood tiles are called "Madre de Dios" - in English "Mother of God". The wood from this Amazon region is characterized by its particular hardness and resilience.

However, only a fraction of the wood harvested in Madre de Dios comes from sustainable forestry. Responsible management of primary forests is significantly more complex, expensive and strictly regulated than non-certified management.

We are therefore particularly careful with our Peruvian wood. Only when independent controls by non-governmental organizations certify the sustainability of the forest and its management do we have it transported to the sawmill near Lima.

Amazon rainforest in Peru

The Certificate & The Certifiers

We only import wood from Peru that has been certified by the FSC®®. This ensures responsible forest management and sets an example against illegal manure.

The city

The logs are transported over the Andes Pass to a suburb of Lima, where they are processed into wooden tiles and decking.

Lima is the capital of the Andean country of Peru and also its economic center. Half of the national economic output is generated here. The city has experienced rapid population growth in recent years. In 1950 less than a million people lived in the city - today there are over 8 million in the metropolitan area, which has also incorporated the important port city of Callao in recent years.

The wood is shipped from Callao towards Europe.

The port district of Callao in Lima, Peru

Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes

The country

Peru is located in northwestern South America. The headwaters of the Amazon have their source in the Peruvian Andes. They flow westwards from here and flow into the Atlantic. They also cross the Selva, the tropical mountain and rain forest from which our wood comes.

Peru has enshrined the diversity of its ecosystems as a national heritage in its 1993 constitution. After all, 74 protected areas cover almost 15% of its land area. In addition to fishing, mining is one of the most important economic sectors. The rain forest was affected by the massive exploitation of the rich ore, gas and oil deposits.

The way of the wood

Our wood from Peru