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Home  Newsletter Archive  June/July 2001

 


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News: Strategic alliance promotes global timber certification
Website plays 'crucial role' in supply of certified timber information, says FSC UK director.

Certification and TIMBERWeb
Many businesses now demand products from sustainable timber sources.
TIMBERWeb's Sustainable Timber section provides visitors with access to certified timber/lumber products.

Certification News headlines
The latest reports on sustainable timber

New US$500 million fund for certified forest management companies
A new investment vehicle, the Xylem Rainforest Fund, is to invest US$500 million in certified forest management companies recognised by the FSC, it has been announced.

Parliamentary breakthrough for certified timber
In another first for certification, the Danish Parliament has decreed that all public institutions using tropical timber should only use timber legally and sustainably produced.

South America: Certified forestry concessions lead way
Feature: The growth in the population of ‘green loggers’, also known as ‘eco-loggers’ or environmentally-friendly forestry professionals, is helping revolutionize Bolivia’s troubled forestry industry.

What is the Forest Stewardship Council ?
FSC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation.


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Swiss and Belgian certification schemes submitted to PEFC
Two national independent forest certification schemes covering Switzerland and Belgium have been submitted to the Pan European Forest Certification Council (PEFC) for assessment.

Scotland: Year-long party to celebrate forestry industry
Edinburgh, June 28: Efforts to rebuild Scotland’s rural economy in the wake of foot-and-mouth disease have been boosted by Forestry Minister Rhona Brankin, who unveiled plans to raise the profile of Scottish forestry with a festival of events throughout next year.

Germany: FSC will seinen Sitz nach Europa verlegen
Der Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verlegt seinen Sitz von Mexiko nach Europa. Dies wurde auf der Vorstandssitzung der Organisation Ende Mai in Berlin beschlossen. Ein Ort wurde noch nicht genannt.

UK: One million hectares of FSC certified woodland
A milestone in UK forest conservation was reached with the announcement that the National Trust’s 25,000 hectares of woodland have been awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

One fifth of world's forests could supply all future wood – report
One fifth of the world’s forests could supply enough industrial wood and wood fibre to meet future projected needs, provided the harvesting was well managed and led by the globe’s 10 largest processors and buyers of wood.



New US$500 million fund for certified forest management companies
A new investment vehicle, the Xylem Rainforest Fund, is to invest US$500 million in certified forest management companies recognised by the FSC, it has been announced.

The XRF, supported by WWF and the Certified Forest Products Council, will target forest management companies throughout the tropics and subtropics.

To ensure that its investments meet the highest international standards for responsible business practice, the Fund has committed to the strict environmental, social and economic criteria laid down by the FSC.

Stephen Hurley, Founder and CEO of Xylem Investments, of Boston, USA, said: “At the beginning of the 21st Century we need a new approach to investments that allows us to generate the right returns, but not at the expense of indigenous people or the forest environment.

“We see The Xylem Rainforest Fund as part of an exciting new future for forests, the people that depend on them and investors who put equal merit on financial performance and social and environmental responsibility. The Xylem Rainforest Fund is most pleased by the support of WWF for the Fund's environmental principles and objectives and looks forward to working together with WWF to leave our children a living planet.”

FSC Executive Director Maharaj Muthoo said: “As the evidence of our growth clearly demonstrates, FSC is the accepted leader in forest and timber product certification.

“We are heartened that The Xylem Rainforest Fund is leading the investment community in acknowledging that the FSC label can enhance the profitability and stability of forestry businesses.”

With this commitment, XRF joins the Global Forest and Trade Network co-ordinated by WWF, along with over 700 member companies and organisations worldwide.

Bruce Cabarle, Director of WWF’s Global Forest Program, Washington DC., said: “Positive investment in businesses that meet FSC standards in the world’s forests is exactly the sort of development necessary if our most precious environmental resources and forest dependent communities are to be here for future generations.”

This new collaboration will be presented at the world’s largest ever certified forest products conference and showcase, which will be held 26-28 September 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia.

David Ford, President of CFPC based in Portland, USA, said: “We believe that the certified forest product sector is booming and that opportunities for companies producing the right certified products will increase dramatically in coming years.”

WWF has been working with the investment community for several years to encourage investments in socially and environmentally responsible forestry operations, timber traders and forest product retailers.


Parliamentary breakthrough for certified timber

In another breakthrough for certification, the Danish Parliament has decreed that all public institutions using tropical timber should only use timber legally and sustainably produced.

The Parliament will instruct public institutions to publish annual reports, which clarify how these institutions have checked that the timber they use originates from sustainably managed forests.

The decision is prompted by a fear of illegal harvests in some tropical forests, said ITTO, the tropical timber organisation, and it is hoped will raise the profile of certification among consumers.

ITTO said that PEFC Denmark agrees with its government that the basis for a sustainable development in the world's forest must be an effective national forest policy. In some tropical forests, further capacity building is needed to ensure that such policies can be implemented.

The implementation of the project will be discussed in the autumn.

PEFC said in a release: "Consumers do have a possibility to influence development of sustainable forest management through market mechanisms. An independent credible certification system is one of the options to meet the need for documentation."


South America: Certified forestry concessions lead way

Santa Cruz, June 27: The growth in the population of ‘green loggers’, also known as ‘eco-loggers’ or environmentally-friendly forestry professionals, is helping revolutionize Bolivia’s troubled forestry industry - so much so, a once rare species has been multiplying so rapidly it may soon be taken off the endangered list.

Fernando Velarde, a logging executive and environmentalist, is one of the new breed. Four years ago he and others from Industria Del Mueble Roda (IMR), a giant amongst Bolivian logging and wood production companies, helped IMR become the first company in Bolivia to have a certified forestry concession.

Today the company has over 150,000 hectares of forests certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 with support from the conservation organization WWF.

All wood products and timber from IMR’s certified concessions are marked with the FSC logo, assuring buyers and consumers the company follows “best forest management practices”. This means striking a balance between environmental, social and economic interests to conserve forests through sustainable use.

Velarde believes forestry certification will provide a niche market for the country’s troubled timber industry, and the wave is certainly catching on. Buyers from England, Germany, Holland and other northern European countries are increasingly demanding FSC products. Interest has also been growing in the United States, the top importer of Bolivian forestry products.

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What is the Forest Stewardship Council ?

FSC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation. It is an association of Members from diverse backgrounds including the timber trade and forestry profession, manufacturers, and community forestry groups from around the world. Membership is open to all who share its aims and objectives.

The FSC provides an umbrella organisation and structure within which qualified independent certifiers can operate according to clear guidelines and using agreed standards covering social, environmental and economic aspects of effective forest management.

Once certified, timber and timber-based products originating from that forest or woodland are eligible to carry the FSC Trademark, thus identifying the products as coming from FSC certified forests. Only products which are so certified are legally authorised to carry the FSC Trademark.

For details please visit: Sustainable Timber section




FSC Trademark © 1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. Issue Number FSC-UK-685


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