Life as Commerce - Certification Project
- Life as Commerce - Certification Project
The certification project undertaken by Timberwatch in 2007 & 2008 was a part of the Global Forest Coalition "Life as Commerce" campaign, which focuses on examining the negative effects of market-based conservation measures. See "Life as Commerce"
The South African study commenced in March 2007 and a preliminary report THE SOCIAL IMPACTS OF CERTIFIED TIMBER PLANTATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE IMPLICATIONS THEREOF FOR AGROFUEL CROPS was produced in June 2007. This report was made available in print form and as a pdf file (1,3MB) download HERE.
The final report, LIFE AS COMMERCE: CERTIFICATION IN SOUTH AFRICA including a case study on FSC certified timber company Hans Merensky Holdings by Blessing Karumbidza, was released in November 2008. The full report (pdf 1,4MB) is available HERE. A summary of the project reports "The impact of market-based conservation on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women" is available HERE.
Blessing Karumbidza (on left) with members of community displaced and impacted by the FSC certified plantations of Hans Merensky Holdings (Singisi Plantations)