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.

If you are a small business involved in the wood sector and you are wondering about FSC Chain of Custody Certification, get in touch, we can help.

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.”

If you would like to find out more about how you can become more environmentally friendly and be part of protecting our trees and forests, please get in touch.
If you are looking to become FSC certified, and prove to your customers and suppliers that you are committed to sustainable forestry, get in touch, we can help.

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

Facts about Deforestation

Deforestation IS your problem

    1. If deforestation continues at the present rate, the entirety of the earths rainforests will be gone in less than 100 years
    2. Approximately 30% of our planets land is made up of forests
    3. Our rainforests are more important than you might think – just the amazon rain forest actually equates for 20% of the entire worlds oxygen
    4. Out of all of the world’s tropical forest, more than half has already been destroyed.
    5. 7.3 Million Hectares – the world’s total forest loss to date
    6. The biggest driver of deforestation is Agriculture
    7. Our tree play a crucial part in absorbing greenhouse gases – the less trees we have the more greenhouse gases are free to enter the atmosphere – ultimately speeding up and greatly worsening global warming
    8. Changing the rate of deforestation enough to matter is a difficult task, however, it is achievable – trees need to be replaced as rapidly as they are lost, the lost forests from over time also need to be replaced
    9. We may only be tiny fraction of the world’s population but we can help – we can sign petitions and donate to charities and causes that strive to save our trees – we can also ensure we buy FSC Certified wood and paper products; this ensures that the products have come from responsibly managed forests
    10. If you are a company who manufactures, sells, or deals in anyway with wood and paper products, get I touch, and get FSC Certified now!

Go Green this Christmas

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A few ways to make sure you’re protecting the planet this Christmas

Christmas is a holiday that is all about giving. We give to our family, our friends, and they give to us. But do you give to the environment? Or do you give all that you can to the environment?

Why not be as green as you possibly can this year, and give back to the environment, after all, it gives to you all year round; it gives you the air you breath and so much more!
Some things you might think about in how to make this year especially green are:

  • Investing in a real Christmas tree, or better yet, an FSC Certified real Christmas tree is about as eco-friendly as you can be when purchasing your tree. These can be found across the country, find our more at the Forestry Commission’s Christmas Tree Page.
  • When buying you greeting cards and wrapping paper, make sure you look for the FSC Certified logo. If you want to be even greener, why not go shabby chic this year and use newspaper to wrap your gifts?
  • Give something back to nature, and decorate a tree in your garden for the birds. You can decorate it with a wide variety of bird food to attract the variety of different birds. Don’t let them go hungry this winter.
  • Re-gift! If you had gifts at your birthday or last Christmas that you just haven’t needed, re-gift it. It is Christmas recycling at its best!
  • Make sure you turn you Christmas lights off when you go to bed, both the indoor and outdoor.
  • Find a local electronics recycler to recycle your old electronics at Christmas; if you have a new TV or other electronic device, don’t just throw your old one away.

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FSC are the best way to help the environment at Christmas, they are grown as part of a well-managed forest, and therefore the use of pesticides is substantially low, thus protecting forest plants and wildlife.

There will be approximately 1.7 billion Christmas cards sent out across Britain this year, this works out to an unbelievable 200,000 trees. Choose FSC Certified cards and be part of ensuring that they have been produced from responsible managed forests and take no part in deforestation or illegal logging.

Be green this Christmas, and give back to our planet, our environment.

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