GFTN Quarterly Newsletter, January 2011



Posted on 31 January 2011  | 
GFTN Quarterly Newsletter, January 2011
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Features

Australia Joins Global Effort to Combat Illegal Logging

Joining the European Union, Switzerland and the United States, Australia has now introduced legislation to ban illegal timber from entering the Australian marketplace. Read more...

Building Capacity Through Experience Sharing

Recognizing the value that exists in the experience and expertise inherent in a global network of committed companies, the GFTN programmes in North America and Russia organized a tour for GFTN-Russia participants of mills and forest lands of Domtar, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated freesheet in North America and a GFTN-North America participant. Read more...

Uncovering Forets' Tell-tale Fingerprints

With increasing legislation governing trade in timber and timber products, how can companies be sure that they are purchasing legal timber? In early November 2010, nearly 100 people gathered in Eschborn, Germany for a two-day conference, exploring the role of genetic and isotopic fingerprinting in verifying the declared origin of wood. Read more...

Russia, Tigers and the Urgency of Responsible Wood Sourcing

GFTN-North America's Linda Kramme shares insights gleaned from her trip to the Russian Far East and what responsible companies abroad can do to make a lasting change in this remaining forest frontier. Read more...

  


  

News & Commentary

Marking Two Decades of Advancing Responsible Forestry and Trade

With the dawn of another New Year, endless possibilites lie ahead for all of us. This year, more than ever, the state of the world’s forests are under the spotlight with the UN International Year of the Forests. With this global focus, I am excited to think about what the Global Forest & Trade Network can accomplish this year, but I am also keenly reminded of all that has led up to this point. Read more...

Transforming Markets to Protect the World’s Forests

An essential tool in transforming the regional, national and global markets into a force that protects the world’s most valuable and threatened forests, the GFTN expanded its presence to include Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela in October 2010. The GFTN-Northern Amazon and Chocó Darién (NACD) will be an essential addition to driving credible certification in these priority eco-regions. Read more...

Huge Step to Save Key Amur Tiger Habitats


By introducing a ban on Korean pine logging, the Russian government has made significant progress in safeguarding the endangered Amur tiger, of which there are fewer than 500 left in the wild. Read more...


New Resource to Combat Illegal Logging

Debuting at the twelfth annual St. Petersburg International Forestry Forum, the GFTN’s Keep It Legal Country Guide: Russia is translated into Russian and English. Designed to help foreign companies acquiring timber, lumber, pulp, paper, plywood, wood boards, furniture or other products from Russia, the guide sets out to establish what legal requirements must be met in Russia. Read more...

Joining Forces to Offer FSC-certified Carton Packs in Switzerland

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company and GFTN-Sweden participant, has joined forces with GFTN-Switzerland participant Coop to offer carton packages bearing the FSC label on the Swiss retailer’s shelves. Read more...

Bovis Sets Sustainable Timber Standards

Bovis Lend Lease, one of the world’s leading project management and construction companies and a GFTN-UK participant, has achieved full FSC project chain of custody certification on behalf of its clients Legal & General Property (L&G) and Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) for Central Saint Giles in central London. Read more...

Reaching Across Continents to Safeguard the Amazon

WWF is working to develop far reaching and powerful partnerships with governments, civil society and the private sector to promote transformational processes that are needed to safeguard the Amazon’s valuable and threatened forests. This transformational approach cannot be more clearly seen than in WWF’s GFTN, where companies are reaching across continents to work together to promote responsible forestry and trade. Read more...

GFTN-China Expands Reach of Responsible Forestry and Trade

For the past six years, GFTN has engaged with the forest products industry in China to advance responsible forestry through driving improvements in forest management and promoting responsible procurement. Read more...

Forest Producers Join GFTN-Iberia to Protect Cork Oak Habitats

APF Certifica Group Scheme, a group of forest producers committed to responsible forest management joined GFTN-Iberia, formalizing their pledge to responsibly manage Portugal’s cork oak forests. This commitment will play an important role in protecting these forests, which are home to endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and Iberian imperial eagle. Read more...

 

GFTN Quarterly Newsletter, January 2011
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