The company Interholco has its headquarters in Baar ZG. Your money the company earned, however, in the rain forest. In one of the last unspoiled in this world – in the jungle of the Congo basin. The Swiss company, there is trees. “Sustainable!”, Interholco, managing Director of Ulrich Grauert says.

environmentalists such as Simon Counsell, Director of Rainforest Foundation UK to contradict: “Interholco claims to be sustainable, although its deforestation to a serious fragmentation of the forest results.” It means the road network drawn by the jungle, the jungle giants away. The deforestation is not only a threat to the people of the Baka pygmies, but also wild animals such as Gorillas and forest elephants. And Counsell says: “The valuable hard wood tree species will not regenerate with great safety.”

deforestation uses of the forest, animals and pygmies?

Even the global consequences of the deforestation of the jungle by the Swiss company in the Republic of the Congo, Matthias Wüthrich of Greenpeace, speaks. “The jungle in the Congo, a giant carbon storage and, thus, Central for global climate protection pool.” Each hectare of forest, loss of heat in the climate change more and more. The consequences: An increase in extreme weather events such as droughts, Floods and devastating storms.

Interholco, of course, quite different. The forestry use of the forest, the pygmies and the animals, as managing Director of Grauert. This is because, unlike in the jungles of Brazil, where deforestation was pursued to mono-cultures, run Interholco selective felling. Would like a maximum of one tree per hectare. And the zones in which trees are cut, rotated. “The forest has enough time to regenerate itself.”

FSC-founder, today, is the sharpest critic

Even in the streets, no Problem, see Grauert: “you are innermost to grow in the shortest amount of time again.” And the indigenous population, and their needs would be very involved, probably. So, the Saint would or medicinal trees are not to be beaten. In addition, his company is creating jobs in the Region. Grauert is convinced: “Our forestry is a win-win for the Region.” What is he telling you to be tested.

He is right: For the tropical timber from the Republic of the Congo, Interholco has the FSC certification. FSC is the only certification for sustainable forestry. Bloss: If the FSC actually stands for sustainability, is controversial. Simon Counsell of Rainforest Foundation UK was a founding member of FSC and is today one of the harshest critics. One of the most important point of criticism: The certifiers are paid by the company, the check. For Counsell, it is clear: the FSC is in no way a guarantee that Interholco handle ecologically and socially responsible or economically sustainable.

The best information about the consequences of the wood shock could give the pygämische people of the Baka, which lives since thousands of years in this forest. Their voice is rarely heard. In a Arte Doc-Film from the year 2017, but two of the Baka women tell, that the timber company Rob is the basis of life. You are likely to grow within the area, only little and don’t have to hunt. They would not work, their children have no education and thus no future. “The company will disappear,” says an old woman.

companies have only one: financial interests

Christoph Wiedmer, Co-Director of the society for threatened peoples, knows pool the jungle in the Congo. Perfectly, the Situation is not the case, he says. Believes, however, that Interholco after years of pressure from the NGOs try now the interests of the population to integrate. Difficult to answer, whether the Baka can estimate, what is the impact of logging on their habitat and whether they are really give their consent or are easily persuaded, and, in return then, for example, a clinic get.

it is Clear that The jungle of the Congo is one of the most species-rich areas in the world. People and animals, for the jungle for thousands of years is their way of life. Interholco is a company. In addition to all of the beautiful words, especially of: financial interests.

For Matthias Wüthrich of Greenpeace, there is therefore only one solution: “Interholco must stop immediately to destroy intact forest.”