Sustainable Forestry Certification

Forest certification promotes and guarantees a forest management approach in line with the three pillars for sustainable development: environmental, social and economic.

Verified by an independent organization, it determines the conditions for timber harvesting and makes it possible to ensure that the products offered come from responsibly managed forests and can be traced every step of their journey from their place of production through to end customers.

The Forest Stewardship Council

These guarantees are increasingly important in order to offer the assurances demanded by international markets concerning the legal origins of timber (Lacey Act in the US, EUTR in Europe, timber regulations in Japan and Australia, etc.).

Argento’s certification process will take around 18 months working with local and international forest management agencies. This does not prevent the exporting of timber as Argento already has strict Chain of Custody documentation and legality guarantees in line with the European Union’s Timber Regulation (EUTR).

EU Timber Regulation. EUTR

Due diligence prohibits EU operators from placing illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. The three key elements are:

Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade FLEGT

FLEGT-licensed products automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, with a focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). A VPA is a legally binding trade agreement between the EU and a timber-exporting country outside the EU to control, verify and license legal timber. A Mozambique FLEGT timber country survey was done in Feb 2014 and we are expecting the country’s full application and license.

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