The developmental focus of TEAK 21 is on high-grade tropical hardwoods and the people - particularly the communities - that supply them

Most of today’s high-grade tropical hardwood supply is the fruit of unprecedented rates of deforestation and degradation of indigenous forests. As a result, natural forest resources are become exhausted or inaccessible. The unsustainable nature of supply has created what has come to be known as the Tropical Hardwood Crisis.

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"The unsustainable nature of supply of high-grade hardwoods has created what has come to be known as the Tropical Hardwood Crisis"

TEAK 21’s objective is to enhance and support processes designed to solving the current tropical hardwood crisis (About Teak 21). For more on high-grade tropical hardwoods see 'The species'

TEAK 21 promotes the planting, sustainable management and marketing of high-grade tropical hardwoods with a particular emphasis placed on the welfare of small growers - community growers

TEAK 21 understands that the receipt of equitable timber prices by communities is an issue of major importance for their development. The organization is devising methods to help community representatives receive up-to-date information on key aspects of growing and marketing hardwoods, with particular emphasis placed on pricing; more info on equitable prices

TEAK 21 maintains links with other organizations, both those involved in community aid and those dealing with the tropical hardwood crisis and it aims to play a complementary role in such developments [links]

TEAK 21 is an Irish-based charity and was founded in Ireland in response to the tropical hardwood crisis. Ireland is linked to this crisis through its importation of tropical hardwoods over decades and through its involvement in development projects and programmes in tropical countries. Read about TEAK 21 and the Irish connection

This website has been supported by Coillte the Irish Forestry Board

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Most tropical hardwoods that are commercialised depend on deforestation and degradation of natural forests for their supply - practices that are leading to inevitable restrictions as resources become exhausted or inaccessible, which, in turn, give rise to future pressures to exploit remaining accessible forests. It is estimated that a large deficit of high-grade tropical hardwoods (equal to more than 100 million m3) will exist by 2050.

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"Deforestation of natural forests is 13million ha per year and this supplies a large proportion of the high-grade tropical hardwood demand"

TEAK 21 encourages efforts to overcome these shortfalls and ensure that, where planted, high-grade tropical hardwoods will optimise their protective effects on natural forests and make a significant contribution to sustainable development, not only to the communities in the growing areas, but in the downstream processing industry, in the marketplace, in energy use and in the heart of created human surroundings. TEAK 21 has compiled a Working Paper for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN, which outlines the future of teak in the context of the high-grade tropical hardwood sector. See: http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/k6549e/k6549e00.pdf

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