The plunder of forests, mainly in tropical zones, and its climatic, environmental, social and economic incidences oblige from now to become aware of the urgency to modify our behavior and applying international rules of legality, quality, ethics has become a first necessity, implying a different consideration.
The degradation of tropical forests due to illegal logging combined with the laxity of the producing countries governments, have become major concerns to the extent that rigorous measures have been taken such as FLEGT and EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), aware to let only legal timber enter on its territory. Nevertheless, illegal does not rhyme with tropical only: in every country,
on each continent, there is illegal timber embezzled from forests to serve non-virtuous but economically viable channels.
Putting an end to the general hypocrisy and wishing really to get things done are not utopias.
This requires training, involvement, a general awareness and a lot of respect and commitment.
So, begins a trend in favour of sustainable plantations and a more and more strong implication in this domain,
necessary if we want to pursue the reasoned forestry development and that the forests of the world, tropical or temperate,
continue to produce quality products adapted to the specific uses of each specie.
Forests preservation requires harvesting operations to enable coming subjects to grow and ensure long term viability of the forest
through seeding and growth of young subjects.
However, trees life is similar to our ; they are prone to weaken and more susceptible to develop diseases as they get older.
Therefore when a forest remains untouched, it would mean forester's disinterest opening a door to a possible degradation.
The struggle against C0 ² emissions and global warming requires vigorous forests capable of absorbing carbon,
and only growing trees are able to release oxygen while consuming water, light and carbon.
Logging is not synonimous with forests destruction.
However, loggers need to hold themselves accountable for the forests they are working on and protect them just like major companies
which took the path of virtue spending huge sums to access certification and justify the legality of their products.
Finally, ancestral customs and ignorance have taken their toll on the forest.
"It is so great while we are so small that we can claim a part of it", rural populations pretend,
who, acting like their parents and grandparents, keep burning the forest for pastoral or farming needs,
logging it for firewood or coal, without anticipating for one moment that they are thousands and thousands thinking
that way every day, hastening so the disappearance of the forest.
Forest and the wood are passions, and the personal implication carried in the respect of one while thinking
of the quality of the other one requires a refined knowledge of the context in general and its complexity.
Planting is an easy thing but planting in an adequate way requires experience on the subject and consequently numerous experiments,
multiple observations helping to make proper choices.
The implementation of the upstream requires a perfect control of the downstream without forgetting a propensity to plan ahead :
without a long-term vision, the profitability of the forest is irreparably compromised.
At all times, anywhere, the forest in general was mismanaged, for the benefit of agriculture and urbanization.
Yet the forest is essential for life, preventing erosion, streamings, floods or desertification.
The disappearance of such a complex, rich and diverse ecosystem, home for very numerous species and animal (mammals, birds, reptiles, insects),
vegetal, fungal and microbial populations, interacting with each other for the most part of them through an interdependence process,
would have disastrous consequences not only for local populations , but the whole planet.
Whether they are forests, agro-forestry, urban or suburban, providing jobs, limiting migration, participating in local development
and income diversification, and provided that they are properly developed, in the collectivity's interests and not only for economic purposes,
the positive impact of plantations on people and the subsequent forest approach is obvious.
Whether they are forest plantations, agro-forestry plantations, urban or suburban plantations, providing jobs, limiting migration,
participating in local development and income diversification, and provided that they are properly developed,
in the collectivity's interests and not only for economic purposes, the positive impact of plantations on people
and the subsequent forest approach is obvious.