Cocobolo from old growth tropical forests should be avoided. Cocobolo from second-growth logging operations may be used if certified as well-managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Cocobolo is in the rosewood genus, Dalbergia and is native to Central America, along the western coastal slope. It is a highly valued wood for bowls, carvings and furniture components and veneers. It is also used in musical instruments (such as guitar backs and wind instruments), pens, knives, gun handles and other small craft items.

Cocobolo has been overharvested in most of its range, as have all of the rosewoods.