FSC Regional Workshop in Baku
FSC Regional Workshop for Caucasus was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 1st of August with support of FLEG II program. Joint event was organized by FSC Regional Office for CIS countries together with valuable support of Green Building Council Azerbaijan, WWF-Azerbaijan, the Architects Union of Azerbaijan Republic, Young Architects and Student Club, MGIMO University and Akrolit LLC. The workshop hosted discussions about supporting responsible management of forests in the region through the formation of environmentally responsible procurement of certified timber from socially and ecologically oriented business.
This year around 100 participants came together to talk about the National legislation and FSC, Supporting FSC-based Forest Certification in Azerbaijan and Georgia , FSC in education, non-timber economic values of forests in Azerbaijan, recycling, challenges and opportunities in the region, Green Building Opportunities and most importantly going Green over Grey!
One of the key moments of the workshop was WWF-Azerbaijan signing Trademark License Agreement with FSC to promote responsible forest management in the region, which is already under implementation in the Caucasus together with respective WWF offices.
FSC as voluntary forest certification is a modern, market-based approach for sustainable forest management. Currently, worldwide there is certified more than 180 million ha of forest, including about 45-50 million ha in the Caucasus countries neighborhoods.
Konul Ahmedova, Coordinator of FLEG II Project for WWF-Azerbaijan, noted in her presentation that FLEGII Program supports FSC based forest certification, promoting FSC principles and criteria, as well as HCV concept as the best practice for sustainable forest management as the main Program objective. She also compered the results of the assessments in two countries Azerbaijan and Georgia, aimed to identify potential of forestry sector in terms of FSC-based certification.
At the end the leaflet prepared to promote FSC forest certification was presented and distributed among participants.
WWF has recently published a new report about cost-benefit analysis of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on a cross-section of forest operators.
“The Profitability and Sustainability in Responsible Forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators” report found that on average, the companies examined earned an extra US$1.80 for every cubic metre of FSC-certified roundwood or equivalent, over and above costs associated with certification. The Net Present Value (NPV) of the decision to pursue FSC was, on average, $6.69 per cubic metre of roundwood or equivalent – a strong positive business case overall for the decision to pursue FSC.
“The results of WWF’s new report challenge the assumption that the costs of FSC certification, particularly in the tropics, are greater than the benefits,” said Rod Taylor, Director, WWF’s Global Forests Programme.