WWF recognises that communities are a vital cog in ensuring sustainable forest management, it therefore works closely to help people manage forest resources, supporting local economies and securing forest ecosystems.
Forest certification is widely seen as the most important initiative of the last decade to promote better forest management. Responsible forest management is a key component of WWF’s vision for a future in which people live in harmony with nature.
WWF's work to address illegal logging aims to tackle the problem on a range of fronts, from the forest floor to the aisles of furniture stores. This includes partnerships with leading retailers and the timber industry and work with legislators and regulators to establish appropriate licensing systems such as the European Union's Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
WWF aims to use the global marketplace as a force to save the world’s valuable and threatened forests through its Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN).
By linking together suppliers, producers and purchasers from across the forest industry supply chain, the GFTN works to eliminate illegal logging by driving improvements in forest management and trade practices.
WWF works with its partners to lead the development of a global network of ecologically representative, efffectively managed and sustainably financed protected areas. The more forests which fall under protected areas, the better for the numerous species which rely on them.
Work consists of large scale conservation strategies, field projects in over 100 countries and advocacy and policy work.
Working in partnership
However, just as important as these relationships is a partnership with local communities which live in or the near the forest and depend on it for their livelihoods. Ensuring that traditional harvesting methods are sustainable is in the interests of all concerned parties, so WWF seeks partnerships with local community groups to help them protect their forest.
Protecting the Atlantic Forests
WWF has adopted an integrated approach to address the threats facing the Atlantic Forest, including logging and agricultural expansion. WWF works with governments in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina to encourage forest conservation and better management of protected areas. Individual projects focus on smaller areas or specific species.
- Jaguar Conservation in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest
- Coordination for Conservation of the Atlantic Forest
- Restoring the South Atlantic Forest
How you can help
- Help support sustainable forestry! Only buy FSC wood and wood products.
- Choose recyled! Don't help flush the world's forests away, choose recycled paper and tissue products.
- Save paper! We use 1 million tonnes of paper every day. Think about how you could use less paper.
- Save the Amazon! Buy a special gift for someone and help preserve the world's largest rainforest.
- Spread the word! Share this information with others via social networking sites.