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December 8, 2015

Bringing Africa’s artisanal timber sector into the formal mix

Domestic wood or artisanal logging markets in sub-Saharan Africa (as oppose to large-scale commercial felling) employ hundreds of thousands of people and provides wages for entire communities. This has huge socio-economic and environmental importance. There are also tremendous opportunities to introduce new technology and inspire innovation within the artisanal timber sector, which is vital for developing sustainable and inclusive forestry practices in timber rich nations. Yet the sector remains largely unregulated and under-represented. Read my thoughts on how Africa can work to bring its artisanal logging sector into the formal mix. Access the full article here.