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Nigerian Timber Data

Greetings;

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website for timber data capturing in Nigeria!

After months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our website http://www.nigeriantimberdata.info

Our goal is to help promote sustainable forest management in the country and keep information of legitimately harvested timber. The new website is interactive with simple template.

All forest stakeholders who are into felling of timber should kindly make use of the monitoring form on the website to create record for trees being felled.

The new features on the site contains a contact page and a monitoring form page to faster improved communication and data capturing of legitimately harvested timber.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments,

Please E-mail us.

Thank you!

Olajide Joseph

+234-816-000-8570

info@nigeriantimberdata.info

Progress towards establishment of National Timber Certification Council in Nigeria

Progress towards establishment of National Timber Certification Council in Nigeria

On 20 January 2018, with the directional help of Remi Sournia, Projects & Development Officer at PEFC, the Nigerian hardwood trading company BlackCamel Energy Ltd organised the first National Stakeholders information meeting on Sustainable Forest Management in Nigeria through certification at Nandas Hotel, Sagamu, Nigeria.

At the meeting, Joseph Olajide, Chairman of BlackCamel Energy Ltd, informed the stakeholders on the critical situation of Nigeria’s forests affected by widespread illegal logging and endangered woods’ trading.

The meeting’s attendees unanimously agreed that Nigeria needs a National Timber Certification Council that will help in managing and certifying the country’s forest. Details of the pledge were laid out in a letter to the Nigerian Minister of Environment, available here.

“The awareness of the need for sustainable forest management is worldwide but agreement on the potential role of timber certification in achieving this goal is by no means equally widespread,” the briefing underlines.

“Any viable timber certification scheme will need to be seen to be credible, objective with measurable criteria, reliable and independent and, most important, covering all types of timber.” 

“Participation must be voluntary, non-discriminatory in nature and adaptable to local conditions, cost effective, practical and transparent. So far, timber and forest products certification has not been applied on a wide enough basis to prove its practicality in application, its effect on the market or its contribution to good stewardship of the forest. The issue remains highly political in nature and will no doubt continue to be a subject of active international and intergovernmental debate for some time before a solution is found.”

Finally, the meeting’s attendees also committed to form a Forest Product Association of Nigeria (FPAN) with the aim of checking all activities of forest users and promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) across the country. All FPAN members will actively engage in tree planting to be monitored by the Forestry Institute of Nigeria (FRIN).

According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), less than 10% of Nigeria’s land is now covered by forests and only 20,000 hectares of the country’s primary forests remain. There have been high rates of deforestation in the country; the annual rate was 5% between 2010 and 2015. Find out more here.

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/progress-towards-establishment-national-timber-certification-council-nigeria

 

 

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FSC Membership

To all Concern,

We are now officially the only Nigerian owned company to be a member of the prestigious FSC.

We will strive to make sure we protect the aim and objectives of FSC and also contribute positively to the Sustainable Forest Management in Nigeria and beyond.

Sincerely,

Joseph

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New Dawn for African Hardwood Export from Nigeria

Dear Sir/Ma’am

LETTER OF INVITATION

 

In order for Nigeria to develop its national forest certification system, and to have it endorsed by PEFC, BlackCamel Energy Ltd in respect of the Nigerian Timber Certification Council would like to invite you to its first stakeholder information meeting on the 20th of January, 2018 at:

 

VENUE:                               NANDAS HOTEL (OBA AKARIGBO HOTEL)

ADDRESS:            AJEGUNLE STREET, ILUPEJU LEGUNSEN QUARTERS, SHAGAMU, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.

TIME:                    10.AM PROMPT

 

 

This will be the first stakeholder information meeting in this respect. The meeting will be solely on information about starting a national forest certification system and also creating a certification committee amongst the stakeholders.

 

 

ADVANTAGES OF ENDORSED NATIONAL FOREST CERTIFICATION SYSTEM:

  • Recognition that our nationally agreed forest management standards and certified forest producers meet internationally recognized sustainability benchmark requirements.
  • Opportunities for revenue generation from our forest certification and Chain of Custody certification.
  • Access to markets which increasingly demand assurances for wood products’ legality and sustainability.
  • Promotions of our certified products on international markets and through PEFC’s market outreach activities and many more

 

Any question regarding the information meeting or place of meeting should be directed to Mr. Joseph on mobile: +234-809-094-3894, +234-806-628-8531 or e-mail: info@blackcamelenergy.com.ng

Thanks.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Olajide Joseph

BlackCamel Energy Ltd

PEFC NIGERIA

This will be the first stakeholder meeting in this respect. The meeting will be solely on starting a national forest certification system and also creating a certification committee amongst the stakeholders.

 

OBJECTIVES OF PEFC ENDORSED NATIONAL FOREST CERTIFICATION SYSTEM:

  • Recognition that our nationally agreed forest management standards and certified forest producers meet internationally recognized sustainability benchmark requirements.
  • Opportunities for revenue generation from our forest certification and PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification.
  • Access to markets which increasingly demand assurances for wood products’ legality and sustainability.
  • Promotions of our certified PEFC-certified products on international markets and through PEFC’s market outreach activities and many more

 

Any question regarding the certification or place of meeting should be directed to Mr. Joseph on mobile: +234-809-094-3894 or e-mail: info@blackcamelenergy.com.ng

Thanks.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Olajide Joseph

BlackCamel Energy Ltdpefc

Zambia announces indefinite ban on “In Transit” timber

Zambia, 20 th April 2017 — In an encouraging move for East African forestry management and timber trade, the Zambian government has announced a ban on all “ In Transit ” timber within the country. The declaration, passed today, takes place effective immediately until further notice.

 

17 species of timber have been specified within the official Statutory Instrument, with the most notable inclusions pertaining to Pterocarpus chrysothrix (mukula)—a threatened species most commonly sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 

The decision addresses ongoing international concerns that the country is being exploited by smuggling networks to transport timber to lucrative markets overseas, with primary destinations including China and Viet Nam.

 

Additional motivations for the ban include issues raised by the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. Namibia ’ s Chief Agricultural Scientific Officer said in a written letter to plant health officials that the country had been “ experiencing serious problems with timber transported from the DRC and neighbouring countries via Zambia. ”

 

 

AFRICA ROLLING OUT NEW POLICIES ON WOOD EXPORT

GABON:

The government in Gabon has approved the long discussed new regulation requiring all sawnwood to be kiln dried before export. The details of which species are included is not yet available.

 

It is rumoured that some species only need to be kiln dried if the buyers request this. For other species it appears that, depending on the export market, the requirement for kiln drying may be lifted. This new regulation is expected to be ratified and come into force within weeks.

 

This move will greatly assist companies that recently invested in kilns but which are under-utilised. The government is confident there is sufficient kilning capacity available and that the trade will add further kilns as necessary to meet the new regulation.

 

Analysts suggest the new regulation will take into account concerns raised by the timber industry that not all species, such as those for sea defence and other hydraulic or outdoor use, need to be kiln dried.

 

Saw millers will be waiting to hear the reactions of their buyers and gauging if it is possible to pass on the cost of drying through price increases.

 

GHANA BANS EXPORT OF ROSEWOOD:

Ghana’s government has issued a national ban on the export of rosewood, a part of the national forest system.

 

The ban orders the Forestry Commission to stop issuing rosewood licenses, as to protect wildlife and for forests to recover from the current foresting trend, the media in Ghana reported.

 

“In order to protect the diversity of water resources and species, Ghana should vigorously promote the development of forestry, including the development of bamboo and rattan farming,” John-Peter Amewu, Minister of Land and Natural Resources of Ghana said.

 

The Minister added that the current situation was critical because the illegal logging is at a high level and this vulnerability accelerates the deterioration of the country’s environment.

 

Also, the decline in foresting and forest products’ quality has led to the disappearance of many water and wild habitats, which have led to climate change, changes in precipitation patterns, and more changes difficult to predict, while some important commodity tree species such as green Odum and Wawa have also been depleted.

 

“At the same time, we will work with the Forest Council to strive to develop timber harvesting policies in an accurate and clean manner, as to secure financial support and to strengthen personnel training and assembly in the management of wild flora and fauna,” Amewu added.

 

The Minister stressed that forest resources continue to be a great potential for the Ghanaian national economy, which has been the world’s most productive ecosystem.