Towards sustainable logging in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

Anahory Dias Abílio do Espírito

The forests of São Tomé Island (São Tomé and Príncipe) hold a remarkably high number of endemic species, many of which are threatened. Logging is regarded as a key threat to these unique ecosystems, but the extent of its impacts is poorly understood. This project will improve our understanding of the logging sector by studying logging activities, by assessing timber availability and the impact of logging activities, and by interviewing loggers, timber traders and rural dwellers. We will disseminate our findings, promoting a discussion amongst relevant stakeholders and raising awareness about the impacts of logging. We will also train and consolidate a team to act on behalf of wider conservation interests in São Tomé and Príncipe. By doing so, we will be contributing to reduced levels of logging, a more sustainable use of timber resources and to the conservation of the endemic-rich forests of São Tomé.