GFTN Newsletter - April 2013 | WWF

GFTN Newsletter - April 2013

Posted on
25 April 2013

News highlights

Tropical pulp still a long way from fiction
About 30 per cent of children's books in Germany contain significant amounts of mixed tropical hardwood fibres characteristic of natural forest destruction, according to a new WWF report. Read more

Illegal logging in the Russian Far East reaching crisis proportions
A new report by WWF-Russia shows that the forests of the Russian Far East are being pushed to the brink of destruction due to pervasive, large-scale illegal logging activities. Much of this timber is exported to the U.S. and Europe.


Preserving the habitat of proboscis monkeys
In the lush tropical forests of Borneo, GFTN-Indonesia is working with participants PT Kandelia Alam and PT Bina Ovivipari Semesta (BIOS) to preserve the habitat of this rare species of monkeys, and promote responsible forest management in over 28,000 hectares of forest management units.

Peru's indigenous community signs the largest contract for responsible forest management
The indigenous community of Puerto Esperanza in the eastern Peruvian Amazon, and GFTN-participant Consorcio Forestal Amazónico (CFA), have signed an unprecedented contract to join efforts in responsibly managing forests managed by the native community. The agreement brings new economic and social benefits to Puerto Esperanza community and safeguards forests for future generations.Read more

Rougier pushes FSC certification in Cameroon above 1 million hectares
GFTN participant Société Forestiére et Industrielle de la Doumé, a subsidiary of France-based Rougier, reached a milestone when it achieved FSC certification for three concessions covering 285,667 hectares in Cameroon, pushing the total FSC certified area in the country above 1 million hectares. The concessions are home to the Baka ethnic group, considered among the oldest residents of Cameroon's tropical rainforests. Read more

First FSC certified natural forests in Panama
Over 43,000 hectares of forests managed by the communities of Río Tupiza and Marragantí have received FSC certification, the first for natural forests in Panama and a significant milestone for responsible forest management in the country.

PT. Ratah Timber attains FSC certification
GFTN participant PT. Ratah Timber has achieved FSC certification for 85,261 hectares of tropical forests in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The high conservation value forest management units are home to important biodiversity such as the agile gibbon, and the critically endangered bird, black ibis, as well as the endangered tropical timber species, dipterocarpacea.

Russia's printing houses gain influence in forest products sector
Russia’s printing houses are emerging as a powerful force in the domestic paper industry.

WWF-West Africa develops guide for timber exporters and importers
WWF–West Africa Forest Programme Office has completed a timber legality guide for timber exporters and importers from Ghana and Liberia.

Love Your Forests: Driving demand for responsible timber in Australia
The Love Your Forests campaign in Australia is entering a new phase - seeking to take consumers on a journey from a general awareness of FSC, towards a more thorough understanding of what FSC represents in terms of protecting threatened species, fragile ecosystems, and community rights.

International Paper Joins GFTN
Through participation in GFTN, IP has committed to increasing its FSC-certified fiber inputs by 15 per cent in the next three years for its operations in Brazil and North America, representing an increase of 1.5 million tons of fiber with direct influence into some of the world’s most important forest product supply chains.
Company worker removing bark to prepare logs for rafting to the plywood factory downstream. The bark is burned. PT Ratah Timber, as a member of GFTN, practises reduced impact logging (RIL) which determines which trees can be cut and how they are felled and extracted from the forest to minimise damage to standing trees.
© WWF/Simon Rawles