A World without Deforestation

Norway become the First Country in the World to Dedicate to a Zero Deforestation Rate

Norway are now committed to having no contribution to the deforestation of the rainforest. This is something that will hopefully set the path for many, many, other countries to follow and commit to.

Norway are known supporters of human rights programmes for different forest communities, they are also leaders in forest conservation across the world. It is therefore no surprise that they are the first country to commit to this kind of path; but hopefully they will be a type of trend setter, and now other governments can follow suit and lead the way to a world that deforestation-less.

“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest.
“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements”. – Stated the head of Policy Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, Nils Herman Ranum.

Norway made a joint declaration with the UK and Germany at a UN climate summit 2014 in New York, promising to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains, including through public procurement policies to sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber”.

You can take part in leading the way to a world without Deforestation by always looking for the FSC Logo when you purchase any paper product. Whether it be toilet paper, a greeting card, or furniture – always look for that little tree with a tick and rest assured that you are not contributing to deforestation.

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FSC Re-examination of the Plantation Rule

FSC Re-examines the Rule for Plantations 1994

FSC reports that:

‘Following the passage of Motion 12 at the 2014 General Assembly in Seville, Spain – which called for a process to consider the challenges and opportunities for plantation restoration and conversion – a chamber-balanced working group has drafted a proposal for potential solutions.’

The document was opened for public consultation on the 10th May 2016 and will remain open until the 11th July 2016.

FSC are encouraging all stakeholders to participate in the public consultation, in order to provide their own ideas and opinions. FSC are hoping to get recommendations for auditable indicators and operational procedures for implementation.
Once the public consultation comes to an end, the draft proposal we be revised based on the feedback given, and it will then be opened once more for public consultation. After this, it will be finalised and presented to the FSC Board of Directors for approval, and then the FSC membership will take votes.

To take part in the public consultation, respondents should first read the document, and then use the template for comments to write their feedback, ideas, and opinions. This should then be sent to motion12.comments@fsc.org, by the 11th July 2016 at the latest.

You can download the full proposal and template for comments here.

For more information visit the FSC News Page.

Some of this information has been taken from the FSC Website.

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EU Timber Regulations Sanction Imposed

Dutch Impose Sanctions for Violation of European Timber Regulations

Following on from an investigation into the controversial Cameroonian timber trade CCT, conducted by Greenpeace, the Netherlands have imposed their very first sanction on a Dutch company for EU Timber Regulation breaches. The Cameroonian Timber Trade CCT, are known to be sourcing timber from companies who are involved in exporting timber to several countries in Europe through illegal logging.

Greenpeace Netherlands Forest campaigner, Meike Rijksen, said “In its capacity as the current EU Council Presidency, the Netherlands can help bring an end to the trade in illegal timber across Europe. We call on the Dutch Government to demand a political commitment by the EU member-states to make sure European companies follow the rule of law by keeping illegal timber out of the market.”

Greenpeace put forward their concern to the Dutch authorities about the CCT trading in the suspected illegal logging operations, this resulted in a penalty for the Dutch company. The authorities stated that, “Because of the political situation in the Congo Basin, timber from Cameroon may only be placed on the market if the importer has taken sufficient mitigating measures to make sure the risk that the timber is illegally harvested is negligible.”

Furthermore, Greenpeace also found timber from the CCT in Germany, Spain, and Belgium. Greenpeace are putting forward their concerns to the relevant authorities in these countries, so that action can be adequately enforced.

Irene Wabiwa, the Forest Campaign Manager for Greenpeace Africa, said: “The Cameroonian government needs to tackle the illegalities and corruption in the timber sector. Cameroon needs to seriously work with the EU to ensure the Voluntary Partnership Agreement aimed at combatting illegal logging and strengthening forest governance in Cameroon is fully implemented. As a first step we strongly encourage the Cameroonian Ministry of Forestry to properly examine the companies mentioned in our report and sanction them if illegal activities are confirmed.”

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Some of this information has been taken from Blue Green Tomorrow Find out more by clicking the link.

EU Study to assess its Deforestation Footprint

The EU has recently launched a new study to accurately assess its own Deforestation Footprint. This is to enable the EU to sustainably reduce that Deforestation Footprint.

Reported by FERN, the EU has launched a study to assess its contribution to deforestation and therefore, assess how it can tackle its own deforestation footprint. This study is set to be completed by August 2016.

It has been estimated that between the years of 1990 and 2008, the EU imported some 36% of all deforestation embodied in crops and livestock.
‘The concept of “embodied deforestation” is used for linking deforestation to consumption. It refers to the deforestation embodied (as an externality) in a produced, traded, or consumed product, good, commodity or service. It is the deforestation associated with the production of a good, commodity or service.’ (Source: European Commision) This alarming figure should accompany the knowledge that between the years of 1990 and 2008, 239 million hectares of forests were cleared worldwide (Source: FAO)

The European Commission has informed the consortium that a wide range of policies must be examined which suggest where improvements could be made. The policies to be studied include:

  • Common Commercial Policy
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • EU and International Forest Policies (including the FLEFT Action Plan)
  • Trade and Investment
  • Development and International Cooperation
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Consumer Protection
  • Environment
  • Internal Market

‘Forests have a vital role to play in the fight against global warming. Forests absorb and store carbon in their trees and soil. But if forests are cleared or disturbed, this carbon is released as carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Up to a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest degradation.’ WWF, Deforestation & Climate Change.

You can find out more about the EU Action Plan on Deforestation here FERN


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The Global Event of the Decade

This year we see the 21st UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP21. The conference is being held in France and FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) France have completed a manifesto, which can be seen here FSC® COP21, to ensure that ‘a comprehensive agreement and firm commitment[s] from governments’, to enforce mitigation for climate change. FSC® International endorses this manifesto.

The manifesto is something to be very proud of; among other things, it calls for the complete extermination of deforestation and the protection and responsible management of all forests.

COP21 is taking place from the 30th November to the 11th December; the outcome is expected to be a worldwide compliance on climate change. It is known that there are still many governments across the globe, who do not meet or even address the role of forest management in climate change, furthermore, they do not competently discuss the social, economic or environmental challenges affecting sustainable forest management.

FSC hope that COP21 will bring about a wider acknowledgement of certification of forests, and significantly heighten the profile of forest certification so that it becomes second nature to private and public consumers and actors.

Along with FSC International, the manifesto is endorsed by Fairtrade international, WWF, Marine Stewardship Council, the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation, plus companies such as IKEA and L’Oréal.

You can visit the FSC COP21 website by following the link to find out more information and further details on the manifesto. If you want to sign the manifesto, please contact Maya Bentz, FSC France maya.bentz@fsc-france.fr. You can also make a personal comment in support of the manifesto and the work of the FSC by visiting the Support Us page.

On Sunday 29th November, FSC France will lead the forest section of the Global Climate March. If you would like to find out more about the Global Climate March or join in the march, click here > GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCH

Ligna UK Ltd are supporters of FSC and all things sustainable forestry, we are in full support of the FSC France manifesto and look forward to the outcome of COP21.

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Some of this information was taken from the FSC Website and more information can be found via the links below
FSC France
FSC International