China

In the new wake of recent coronavirus and bird flu in China; we hereby sympathize with all affected humans all over the world and also want to use this medium to plead for control measures. It will be good if China will tighten up securities against wildlife/endangered species trafficking and illegal sourcing without proper documentation at her borders. Most countries in EU, Australia and North America frowning against animal trafficking and illegal sourcing into their country are doing so for the benefit of all. For instance in the timber business,…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

KOSSO EXPORTERS

KOSSO EXPORTATION:   Kosso (Pterocarpus erinnaceous) is a West Africa hardwood. It became listed under CITES early last year (2016).   The listing took effect on May 9 and requires all international shipments of kosso to be accompanied by CITES documentation. Most crucially, the listing means China and other kosso consumer countries will now be able help stem the flow of illegal kosso by demanding evidence of legal origin.   Chinese officials have pledged to step up efforts to enforce CITES legislation.   Therefore, Nigerian government decides to amends the…