Better Management Practices
BMPs can help producers to participate in credible certification programmes such as FSC, MSC or RSPO that can open new market opportunities and help reduce the impact of commodity production on the environment.
WWF works with producers, and businesses that use natural commodities in their supply chains, to identify, develop and promote BMPs. Here are some examples.
Pakistan Sustainable Cotton Initiative
WWF and IKEA are collaborating on a project to improve livelihoods through the introduction of Better Management Practices (BMP) to make cotton cultivation in Pakistan more sustainable and economically viable. We do this by working with famers to reduce inputs—only irrigate and use pesticides when needed, as opposed to following a set schedule and using pesticides preventively.
This allows farmers to grow more with less costs and leaves them with more income without having to sell their crop at a higher price.
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Increasing the sustainability of Newfoundland cod
1. the FIP catalysed the development of the first conservation strategy and rebuilding plan for any cod fishery in Canada
2. the FIP catalysed a collaborative inshore cod tagging programme to get a better understanding of exploitation rates and stock status;
3. the FIP led to a bycatch analysis that is currently underway.
The Newfoundland and Labrador cod FIP was a watershed moment in Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich fishing history. The FIP co-client group included all sectors of the fishing industry: WWF; Icewater: Ocean Choice International (OCI) ; Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union; Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The approach was collaborative and inclusive. Sincere commitment was illustrated by the high level of engagement and information sharing between stakeholders in the FIP workshop and implementation meeting. In early March 2014, close to the end of the FIP’s 3-year timeline, Icewater and OCI took the next step to securing the long term sustainability of this Atlantic cod stock by entering it into the MSC certification process.
Better sugarcane cultivation
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