Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), a high value hardwood species from Brazil is now back on the market.
A timber company in Acre state is the first to secure FSC forest certification for harvesting mahogany. In a report filed by Madeira Total mahogany harvesting in certified forests has started in the States of Acre and Amazonas and the first batch of mahogany logs will be processed for export this month.
Previously, excessive harvesting led to a ban by the Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). In 2002, mahogany was listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Putting mahogany back on the back is a victory for proponents of sustainable forest management, who believe that responsible harvest generates employment and social and economic benefits in the Amazon.
When contacted, a spokesperson from IBAMA said all administrative procedures and approvals have been monitored carefully, and a CITES permit is currently being prepared.