Helping set up a responsible forestry sector
Our advisory role extends into the private sector - and for good reason. Unless forestry enterprises reform their practices, it will prove extremely hard to protect New Guinea’s forest heritage.
WWF is engaged with logging companies in the TransFly area to explore the feasibility of those companies joining Nusa Hijau
, the Indonesian Forest & Trade Network. A successful outcome to this effort would send a strong signal to other logging companies.
In PNG, certification is also breaking new ground: WWF is involved with FORCERT (Forest Management and Product Certification Service) to fast-track the certification process in the country.
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Working in a constantly changing political context
But there are setbacks. In Indonesia, the constant legal uncertainty about control over forests can affect WWF’s efforts towards responsible forest management.
Often, local communities are kept uncertain about land tenure, community rights and forest management permits. As a result, we need to constantly track changes in government regulations and adjust our work in this shifting political landscape.