Tropical rainforest unafected by wooden guardrail17-03-2011
The PowNews broadcast of 16 March 2011 devoted some attention to the wooden guardrail produced by Wijma Kampen B.V. for a recent project carried out by the Municipality of Heerhugowaard. Jojanneke van den Berg, the news presenter, was unable to get a concrete answer to the question as to how much tropical rainforest would disappear to make way for this guardrail. As it happens, not one square metre of tropical rainforest in Cameroon will disappear as a result of the Azobé wood being used for the guardrail. The trees are felled in a responsible fashion, which means that the forest will function in the future as a source of sustainably managed timber.
Just less than 53m3 of tropical hardwood has been used for the wooden guardrail in Heerhugowaard. Wijma needed to fell about 15 trees in Cameroon for this purpose. Responsible forest management means selective felling of trees so that the forest can recover naturally. To enable proper recovery, after felling, no logging can take place for another 30 years.
In total, more than 5 million hectares of tropical rainforest is managed in a sustainable manner in West Africa. This means that the forestry meets the highest requirements in terms of social, environmental and economic aspects. The timber which has been used for the guardrail in Heerhugowaard was certified according to the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).