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The first Timber Legality & Traceability Verification (TLTV) statement in Tanzania was awarded to the Kilombero Valley Teak Company Ltd. (KVTC), a company established by the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) in 1993. Current shareholders are the CDC of the United Kingdom and Finnfund of Finland.

The mandate of the company is to use the development of plantation forestry as a means to promote sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the Kilombero Valley in Southern Tanzania. The forest consists of 4 separate forest units in the Ulanga and Kilombero districts, with 11 villages bordering these areas. In addition to forestry operations, the company has commissioned a processing plant to process the trees to a combination of sawn timber and value-added products.

KVTC has been evaluated against agreed principles under the SGS Timber Legality & Traceability Verification (TLTV) Program for the production of teak round logs, sawn timber and other timber products in Ichima (2,636 ha), Narubungu (2,112 ha), Nakafulu (15,171 ha) and Mafinji (8,212 ha) forest management units, as well as Mavimba sawmill, drying facility and value-adding plant. The TLTV statement, SGS-TLTV/LP-0011, confirms the company’s compliance in accordance with the program’s standards.

The company believes that recognition under the TLTV Program is a confirmation of the high standard they apply throughout their operations. TLTV verification will also assist KVTC in promoting and marketing its products in Europe and the U.S., and will give customers confidence in the origin of KVTC’s products.

Aside from the TLTV verification, KVTC has been certified for ISO 14001 since 2004. Being the largest employer in one of the poorest regions of Tanzania, the company is continuously looking for innovative ways to improve its environmental, social and economic impact for the benefit of the company as well as the region where KVTC operates.

Learn more about the Kilombero Valley Teak Company.

For further information:

Web: www.sgs.com/forestry

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