Product: Greenheart timber
Origin: Iwokrama Rainforest, Guyana
Community: Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development
Certification: FSC Certified
Mission: The Iwokrama forest and its research centre are unique, providing a dedicated site in which to test the concept of a truly sustainable forest – where conservation, environmental balance, and economic use can be mutually reinforcing.
Iwokrama Greenheart wood is FSC certified, very durable, resistant to most insects, and is highly recommended for marine environments. The wood has a very high Janka hardness rating of 2,530 lbf (11,260 N), which makes it a popular material in the construction of boats and docks.
The management of the Iwokrama Forest involves a polycyclic silvicultural harvesting system: 20 species of trees are chosen for harvest on a 60-year cutting cycle. On average, Iwokrama harvests approximately 1,800ha each year (less than 0.5% of the area) which amounts to approximately 5-6 trees per hectare being removed since no large caps are created in the canopy during this activity.
Discover more about the Iwokrama forest
Access the Iwokrama’s annual reports
Read about how FSC certification helped to boost social, economic, and environmental benefits in Iwokrama
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