Things need to change
Deforestation contributes about 20% of global climate change emissions – that is more than the emissions of all cars, bikes, trucks and planes around the world combined! When forestry companies blindly remove trees without taking impacts into consideration, wildlife such as tigers and elephants no longer have a place to live, and the people who depend on the forests lose their livelihood.
||Projected increase in annual wood removals in 2050 compared to 2010 (source: WWF Living Forests Report)
|242 - 304 million ha
||Plantation area outside of protected areas needed by 2050 to meet projected consumption (an area more or less equivalent to the Democratic Republic of Congo (lower range) and India (upper range)) (source: WWF Living Forests Report)
Through better forest stewardship, we can help protect vulnerable forests from illegal logging
, encroachment or conversion to farmland.
There is a growing market for timber products that do not leave negative impacts in their wake. Key to make this happen is forest certification
, a system of inspection and tracking timber, pulp and other forest products to ensure they have been harvested according to a strict set of guidelines.
It’s more than just which trees to cut – forest certification also accounts for the social and economic well-being of workers and local communities.
► Read more why the forestry industry needs to minimize its environmental impact
WWF has worked with timber companies, smallholders and communities around the world for decades, to help transform their practices in such a way that they can operate with reduced impacts on forests, wildlife and communities. Credible certification through the Forest Stewardship Council, co-established by WWF in 1993, was instrumental to make this happen.
2020: 25% of global timber production is sourced from responsibly managed and/or credibly certified sources (e.g. FSC)
of global timber production is FSC certified (August 2015)
Certification will only protect forests if the system is credible. Otherwise it’s just a green label.