Our Timber

We facilitate trade in logs of tropical hardwood trees which are commonly found in community forests of south-eastern Tanzania. The timber supplied by MCDI-supported communities is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as meeting the highest international standards of responsible forest management, covering legal, social, economic, ecological, cultural and other aspects. The FSC certificate we administer is the only one of its kind for community-managed natural forest in the whole of Africa.

Why buy timber through our project?

By supporting the responsible trade in tropical hardwoods from well-managed community forests, timber buyers can help to support rural Tanzanian communities to become financially independent, progress out of poverty, and provide them with incentives to manage their forests sustainably. This will also help to ensure a consistent supply of hardwood timber to the market.

MCDI also offer logistical and technical support to timber buyers by liaising with and mediating sales with forest managers (rural communities) and other stakeholders throughout the timber harvesting process. Specifically, we can help buyers to:

  1. Identify where to source logs in order to meet their quotas;
  2. Negotiate contracts with village governments;
  3. Obtain Harvest Permits;
  4. Maintain Log Statements;
  5. Arrange log stamping;
  6. Obtain Transit Permits; and,
  7. Resolve disagreements with village governments.

How to buy timber

If you have any queries, or are interested in buying certified hardwood timber from sustainably managed community forests in south-eastern Tanzania, please contact our timber marketing officer using the form below. You can find out more about the legal procedures for harvesting hardwood timber in Tanzanian Village Land Forest Reserves here.