GFTN Newsletter - October 2012



Posted on 17 October 2012  | 

News Highlights

WWF Living Forests Report Chapter 4:
The latest chapter in WWF’s Living Forests Report shows that it’s possible to produce more wood without destroying or degrading forests, and that it could even be good for the planet. But it’s a challenge that spans the whole supply chain, from where and how wood is grown and harvested to how wisely and efficiently it is processed, used and reused.

WWF signs agreement with IDH to promote FSC in Congo Basin:
WWF, through GFTN, will advise IDH’s Congo Basin Programme (CBP) on promoting FSC and public-private partnerships in the region. In addition, GFTN will help identify service providers in the programme and assist CBP in monitoring progress in the region. Read more

For GFTN-UK participants, it’s all about sustainability:
GFTN-UK participants have published their performance again this year and the figures demonstrate that these companies are actively driving change towards products from well managed forests.

Features

Building sustainable bridges: WWF helps Chinese companies improve forestry in Gabon:
WWF has been working to help manage Gabon’s rich biodiversity and ensure sustainable use of natural sources for over two decades. Through GFTN, WWF is bridging the gap between Gabon’s government and Chinese companies and helping Chinese operators gain better understanding of local laws, improve their forestry standards, and progress towards FSC certification.

WWF & GFTN work to preserve Amur leopard’s habitat:

The population of the world’s most endangered leopard has grown in northeast China, where WWF is working actively to promote responsible forest management. GFTN supports the Hunchun Forestry Bureau,  located in the eastern part of Changbai Mountain in the Jilin Province, in obtaining and maintaining its FSC certificate, improving its forest management plan, and establishing monitoring sites and facilities.

"In Good Company": GFTN participates in FSC event:
FSC held its premier event, “In Good Company”, on 27-30 September in Brazil, bringing together international and national companies, FSC staff and partners like WWF to exchange information on important issues related to forestry.

First GFTN-Vietnam member achieves FSC certification:
Forexco, The Forest Products Export Company of Quang Nam, has obtained FSCcertification for nearly 1,500 hectares of forest in Da Nang city and Quang Nam central province. Read more

GFTN participant Kimberly-Clark launches sustainable bath tissue in the UK:
Kimberly-Clark in the UK has launched Andrex Eco, the market leader’s first truly pioneering sustainable toilet tissue that’s set to revolutionise the 'eco' sub-category.

GFTN participants ahead of target in FSC certification of beverage cartons:
FSC labels are quickly becoming a hot item on German breakfast tables. That’s because half of the beverage cartons sold in the country today – more than 4 billion per annum – are now FSC-certified, a major shift from just two and a half years ago when no cartons held the FSC label. Read more

Beech (Fagus sp) forest in autumn, Piatra Craiului National Park, Transylvania, Southern Carpathian Mountains, Romania.
© Wild Wonders of Europe / Cornelia Doerr / WWF Enlarge

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