Action: Certify forest concessions and market their products as ‘primate friendly’
- We found no evidence for the effects of certifying forest concessions and marketing their products as ‘primate friendly’ on primate populations.
More than fifty certification standards already exist worldwide aiming to ensure the sustainable logging of forests (e.g. Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)). Forest certification verifies that forests are well-managed as defined by a particular standard, and chain-of-custody certification tracks wood and paper products from the certified forest through processing to the point of sale. None of these certifications, however, directly relate to primates or their habitats. This intervention involves the certification of wood logged by companies that adhere to strict impact minimization/mitigation/compensation schemes to promote the conservation of key primate populations and their habitat. Certified products could then be marketed as ‘primate friendly’ and sold at a premium.