Community timber

Community Forest Group imports tropical timber from community forests in developing countries. Community Forest Group offers access to export markets and creates trade opportunities for small communities, cooperatives and small-scale community based forest enterprises. A part of the revenues derived from forest products are invested directly in the local economy. This way the forest generates income for local communities.

What we do?

To find out more on how we work, where we work or what we can offer you, please contact us via +31 (0)317 310 698 or mail us at communityforestgroup@gmail.com

About us  

Community Forest Group works on improving and developing the trade of tropical hardwoods produced by small communities in developing countries. Community Forest Group works directly together with communities and community based forest enterprises to achieve these objectives. We like to call ourselves a social enterprise that seeks for a win-win situation for communities and organisations active in the timber value chain.

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  • CFG is working with communities that are in a difficult position: they are often situated in remote areas with limited access to schools, health clinics and insufficient economic development. Besides farming, the forest provides them with additional food (bush meat and fruits), medicines and the possibilities selling non-timber forest products. With the small-scale labour intensive production of timber CFG gives the communities the possibility to increase their income. The income they earn with the timber sales is used for local community projects as described in their management plan. The above-mentioned NGO’s support these activities of CFG because they also want to increase the income of the forest inhabitants.

  • The Cameroonian Government allows communities to manage their forest under certain conditions for a period of maximum 99 years. The community forests have variable sizes between 2.500 and 5.000 hectares. The main condition for a community to manage their own forest is that the community has to make a forest management plan. This plan contains different elements like a tree inventory of the forest, a map with the boundaries of agricultural land and a destination of the revenues from the timber sales. When the management plan is validated by the Ministry of Forestry and Fauna and a yearly harvesting permit is issued, the community can harvest and sell trees. In reality the communities are depending on NGO’s and other donors to make the forest management plan because this is very costly and takes a lot of time to comply with all the procedures.

    The forest management plan is based on a felling cycle of 25 years. The forest is dived into 25 equal compartments and every year the community has the possibility to harvest trees above the felling limit in one of the compartments. 

  • At this moment CFG purchases the timber from three communities, all situated in the East of Cameroon. CFG has to employees in Cameroon who communicate and organize the contracts with the communities, inspect the timber quality and monitor the whole production process. The first step is to agree on a contract with the community. Then a contract with the local sawing team is made, they are responsible for the sawing, timber quality and manual transport from the timber from stump to the road.

    The production of the boards is done at the stump (the part which remains when the tree is harvested) with a mobile saw. The logs are not harvested with heavy forest equipment and not transported to a sawmill. After loading the truck with timber, this timber is transported to Douala and shipped to Europe. The whole process from production till export takes between 6 – 8 months.

  • CFG works according to EU Timber Regulations. That means that CFG respects legal sourcing and traceability of the timber. We check that trees are harvested within the right compartment, make sure the trees and production is coded and that documents correspond with timber until its arrival to the EU. This track & trace system is simple and efficient to use for local communities; as operator CFG is developing this legality system for communities further.

  • CFG pays per m3 that is produced in the community. This income arrives on the bank account of the community and is managed by a delegation elected by the community that invests the funds in community projects according to the Simple Management Plan. This can be transport means, roofing, school or a community building. The production work that is done in the forest is managed by the local community and provides income for the workers.

Partners  

Community Forest Group works together with the following other organisations:

Congo Basin Pogram:
The Congo Basin Program is a large-scale public-private partnership aiming to increase the responsible production and trade of tropical timber. The program supports concession holders on their way to sustainable forest management and the certification thereof. Key partners are WWF/GFTN, ICCO and Fair Tropical Timber.
Common Fund for Commodities:
The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is an autonomous intergovernmental financial institution established within the framework of the United Nations. The Agreement Establishing the Common Fund for Commodities was negotiated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1976 to 1980 and became effective in 1989. The Common Fund for Commodities forms a partnership of 103 Member States plus ten institutional members.

Community Forest Group maintains relations with SNV, WWF, GiZ, ONF International and has many contacts with enterprises in the wood sector.

Community Forest Group can offer West African woodspecies, mainly from Cameroon.

Woodspecies  

Community Forest Group can offer West African species, mainly from Cameroon.

  • We produce fixed width varieting from 120 mm till 215 mm.

  • The thickness we produce varies from 26 mm till 80 mm.

  • The length are between 200 cm and 400 cm.

  • Moisture content: we can supply AD as well KD. Our timber is dried at Houtdrogerij – Zagerij Van Kasteren BV at Schijndel.

  • The whole process of harvesting, production, transport and legislation takes 6 till 8 month’s. We offer customers from what is in stock or we make a contract with a long term delivery time.

  • According to our knowledge and experience we work according the EUTR regulations: our timber is legally purchased with a traceable chain of custody. 
 Species available: Afzelia Doussie, Iroko, Padouk, Sapeli and Sipo.

 

 

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Interested?

Mail us at communityforestgroup@gmail.com or call us at +31 (0)317 310 698.

News November 2015

The first load of 54 m3 Sapelli and Iroko has arrived in Europe. This timber is legally produced in the East of Cameroon and complies with the rules of the EU Timber Regulations. Dimensions of the timber is 52 x 215 mm, 34 x 165 mm and length between 200 cm and 400 cm. If you are interested contact us by phone or send an email to communityforestgroup@gmail.com

News January 2015

The common fund for commodities (CFC see http://www.common-fund.org) has decided to support Community Forest Group with working capital. The CFC has financed social enterprises for nearly two decades to enhance social and economic development in commodity dependent developing countries. With this support Community Forest Group is able to continue purchasing from the communities.

News January 2014

The Congo Basin Program (CBP see http://www.congobasinprogram.com/en/home) has included community forests in its program. Community Forest Group works together with Fair Tropical Timber on exploring possibilties for certification of legal export of community timber. The process will start with setting up a due dilligence system for legal production and export of community timber. The second phase in 2015 of the project will focus on legal certification of these forests and expanding the group.

Contact  

Adres: Industrieweg 24B, 6871 KA  Renkum , The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)317 310 698
E-mail: communityforestgroup@gmail.com

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