Commonwealth NGOs
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bullet2 Timberwatch Coalition

P.O. Box 30577


South Africa



Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  central


Timberwatch was founded in 1995 by a group of concerned members of civil society, but has since developed a volunteer network working together with a Coalition of Environmental NGOs.

Mission:  To promote and co-ordinate action by members, organisations and the public, and to keep such bodies adequately informed, in order to ensure that timber plantations are not established on land where food, other crops, and livestock (indigenous or otherwise) could be farmed to the greater benefit of both local communities and South Africa as a whole.

Aims and Objectives

1.To provide a credible body of informed opinion.

2.To ensure plantations are correctly located.

3.To support and monitor relevant research.

4.To lobby for balanced strategic land-use plans.

5.To ensure thathigh standards are maintained.

6.To establish monitoring teams to help ensure 5.

7.To encourage removal of invasive alien plants.

8.To ensure protection of grasslands, wetlands, forests and woodlands in timber plantation areas.

9.To be represented on bodies responsible for the issuing of water use licences for new plantations.

10.To participate in processes for new plantations.

11.To document the impacts of timber plantations.