The people of Fiji who own the local lands are mainly Tribal groups, for which the government acts as a buffer between international hardwood distributors to ensure that employment benefits Fiji.
The Fijian government manages Swietenia Macrophylla hardwood forests through regulations crafted to prevent over-harvesting and establish the framework for growth cycle with minimal biological impact. This economic due diligence ensures long-term availability of Green World Fijian Mahogany decking.
Here’s a recap about the Swietenia Macrophylla Industry and the way it is being managed by the Government:
- Ownership is clear and legal. All the plantations are owned by the state.
- Only licensed processors are involved with its production and export.
- Chain of Custody Protocols
- Minimum Production and Packaging Standards Safety of Workers
- Inspections and Audits. Heavy penalties for any breaches
- A harvesting code of Practice. Reforestation is a requirement
- A levy is charged on every tree that is felled, and these levies are invested fully in reforestation
- Issuance of certificates of Legality. Swietenia Macrophylla grown in Fiji is Lacey Act compliant, and CITES exempt.
The quality and sustainability control exhibited throughout the natural chain of custody managed by the Fijian government give Green World Fijian Mahogany decking an advantage over any other sources hardwood. Being an island in the Pacific Ocean, it is next to impossible for smugglers and the like to transport illegally harvested wood offshore. This is coupled with the fact that all of the Swietenia Macrophylla trees are Plantation grown. Total Assurance is given to the buyer that all containers sealed at the port in Fiji will be received with the Seal intact, indicating that Green World Fijian Mahogany decking can only have come from Fiji’s Swietenia Macrophylla Plantations.
For both suppliers and consumers this is a great comfort, especially since the Lacey Act and some other trade regulations are clearly no longer document based, but are based on evidence based on verifiable facts. Fake or improperly obtained documentation will no longer secure any hardwood buyer that happens to have an inventory with illegal wood. If wood is found to be illegally harvested and some supporting documentation is generated at some point of the process, it will still be the buyer who is responsible. While other species of outdoor hardwood in various other countries head towards an uncertain future, Fiji is now a conscious protector of the world’s lumber jewel – Swietenia Macrophylla forests.