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WWF-China pleased to see responsible forest products initiatives incorporated in government’s Biodiversity Summit position paper

Posted on 21 September 2020

The paper incorporates a number of initiatives led by WWF.
On 21 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China formally issued the "Building a Community of Life on Earth: China in Action-China's Position Paper at the United Nations Biodiversity Summit." The paper is a cornerstone document that lays the foundation for China’s pathway to nature conservation ahead of the Biodiversity Convention next year to be held in Kunming, China.
 
The position paper incorporates a number of initiatives led by WWF on responsible forest products supply chains in the "Corporate Active Action" section to promote biodiversity conservation and halt deforestation through good practices in forest-related markets.
 
“WWF-China is elated to see the inclusion of these initiatives, which have helped advance responsible forest management and trade in the country,” said Wenbin Huang, WWF-China Forest Lead. “The position paper reflects the success of years of our advocacy efforts to combat global deforestation and pave the way for China’s commitment and action in the future.”
 
The position paper states: "In December 2011, a number of companies signed an agreement to join the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), committed to supporting sustainable forest management and responsible forest product trade, curbing illegal logging, and promoting credible timber trade certification. In 2015, 9 Chinese companies and 6 NGOs and industry associations jointly launched the ‘Forest Declaration’, calling on relevant Chinese companies to commit to ‘zero deforestation’ procurement at their wood product supply chains by 2030.”
 
WWF’s GFTN platform (now Forests Forward) operated for about 12 years in China and was instrumental in helping forge partnerships between key public and private stakeholders in the forest sectors, via policy advocacy and corporate engagement work. Various transformational platforms and initiatives, like the ‘Green Supply Chain Action Plan in Real Estate Industry’, ‘Forest Declaration’ in the timber sector, and ‘China Sustainable Paper Alliance’ etc. were integrated into the position paper. This greatly enhances the awareness around the need to secure the sourcing sustainability of forest products by key industrial players.
 
As part of the 'Rooted in China' strategy, WWF will continue to work closely with partners to pursure bigger achievement.
Mozambique and Tanzania export more than 50% of their timber to China. Chinese sawmill in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains.
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