The EU Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) was launched in the autumn of last year. Since then many global companies as well as NGOs devoted many years to forest protection have joined STTC's efforts. Tropical timber is a high risk product and there is an urgent need for action. The EU market can influence forest management in the tropics if private, public and civil society players join forces. Private sector companies, local authorities and national governments are eligible to join STTC.
STTC has a set a target for the sustainable management of up to 10 million hectares of tropical forest by 2015. STTC will contribute to this aim by making the business case for certification more attractive for concession holders. According to STTC, the aim is 'to accelerate demand for certified or licensed timber from sustainably managed tropical forests to the tipping point of 30% and to put a halt to declining use of tropical timber in front running countries in the EU, through creating momentum between legality and sustainability efforts'.