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Newsletter
Forestry and Wood Certification
No. 4/2003
Newsletter
Forestry and Wood
Certification
No. 4/2003
Information contained in this newsletter is sent to approximately 14 000
recipients in 14 countries and is translated into 9 languages.
This newsletter provides information on credible forest certification and
other steps towards improving forest management. Particular attention
is given to combating illegal logging and forest crime, the involvement
of communities in forest management, conservation of highly valuable
forests, trends in the investment sector and companies/ individuals
showing leadership.
Contact the editor on [email protected]
Contents
Feature: From Conflict to Co-operation in Russia2 .............................................................. 2
Arkhangelsk Forest Industry Makes Important Steps – But Still a Way to Go2 ........................ 2
Improving Forest Management in Europe and Around the World3 ................................... 3
Alarming Deforestation Rate in the Amazon3 ............................................................................ 3
Mahogany Harvest Conditional on Management Plans3 ............................................................ 3
U$10 Million to Improve Forest Management in Peru3 ............................................................. 3
Protecting Exceptional Forests in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania3 ............................................ 3
Illegal Logging Continues in the Caucasus4 ............................................................................... 4
Training For Russian Customs Officers to Stop Forest Crime4 ................................................. 4
Temporary Halt to Logging of Finnish Ancient Forests4 ........................................................... 4
Amazon Timber Producers and Forest Owners Join Forces5 ..................................................... 4
Indonesian Governments Calls for Urgent Solutions to Illegal Logging5 .................................. 4
Newsletter
Forestry and Wood
Certification
No. 4/2003
Feature: From Conflict to Cooperation in Russia
Forest Industry Makes Important Steps – But
Still a Way to Go
The forest industry in Northwest Russia faces huge
challenges to improve its reputation. In July WWF
has produced a report describing how the situation
in the Arkhangelsk Region is slowly changing
towards better forest management. The report also
shows how this has been achieved through cooperation between companies, financial
institutions, development banks, governments and
NGO´s.
49% of Dutch Consumers Recognise the FSC
Logo
The recent FSC consumer campaign in the
Netherlands raised the spontaneous recognition of
the FSC logo to 21%. This is a significant increase
from 12% last year and 1% two years ago. The
assisted recognition went up to 49% in comparison
to 44% last year and 12% two years ago. Among
the 35 companies sponsoring this campaign were
the main DIY chains in the Netherlands, timber
traders, garden furniture retailers, suppliers and
others.
The good news: Industry and local government have
started to recognise the importance of an integrated
approach to economic development and
environmental protection. NGOs, companies,
financial institutions, governments and development
banks are now working together on a set of
manageable steps to work towards forest
certification:

Key forest industries have formed an
association to jointly tackle legislation,
illegal logging and high conservation value
forests.

WWF has opened a regional office to work
with the Arhkhangelsk industry via the
Association of Environmentally Responsible
Companies in Russia on the various steps
leading to FSC certification.

The World Bank and WWF, through their
global Alliance, are supporting the
development of a regional High
Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) process
in conjunction with the industry
Background and Facts
Source: WWF Netherlands July 2003
Events
September 21-28 2003 Quebec,
Canada:
XII World Forestry Congress: Forests-Source
of Life
For more information: http://www.such.org/
Programme Information
 For Information on the Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) www.such.org
 Global Forest And Trade Network
www.such.org/suchandsuch
 Forests For Life Programme, WWF
www.panda.org/forests
The Forest Stewardship Council is currently the only
credible timber certification system supported by
leading environmental and social NGOs. It provides
a guarantee that timber comes from legal sources and
from forests managed to the highest environmental
and social standards. As global system FSC offers
market incentives for improving forest management
around the world
download the full report from
http://www.wwf.org/downloads/forests/inpracticeres
ponsible/forest.pdf
Newsletter
Forestry and Wood
Certification
No. 4/2003
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