Tuesday, April 07, 2009


That's the idea of this new program in Acre State where the State and City governments have agreed in principle to buying only wood that has been certified as logged in sustainable fashion.

Of course the devil is in the details and enforcement is not always perfect. However, State and City governments are by far the largest purchasers of local wood and this is a most welcome development. Illegal logging is a big problem in the Brazilian domestic market and governments account for a huge purchasing power. They can be the trend-setters. The hope is that programs like this will spread to other states and cities in Brazil.

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