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.

FSC Friday 2016

A Date for Your Diary

Don’t forget to jot down the date of FSC Friday this year, 30th September!
Join the FSC in the annual celebration for responsible forest management.

Everyone is invited to join the celebration and get involved in the international event. Raising awareness of responsible forest management is key, and FSC Friday is the event in which you can raise the most awareness.

Raise awareness about sourcing paper and wood products that have the FSC Logo – no tree with a tick – no purchase.
Are you a business, school or community group? Anyone can get involved and organisations and businesses are encouraged to take part in awareness raising events such as schools wearing green for the day, bake sales, businesses using social media, or having a tree planting event. Get creative and celebrate responsible forest management in style.

Stay up to date and follow us on Twitter closer to the celebration, FSC will provide FSC Friday posters, stationary and much more, we will give you a link as soon as it’s there!

If you have any questions or specific enquirers about getting involved with FSC Friday, you can email fscfriday@fsc-uk.org.

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.”

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.

UK Woodland Assurance Standard – UKWAS

Have your say on the new version of UKAS

The UK Woodland Assurance Standard is an independent certification standard. It is used for the verification of woodland management in the UK. UKWAS is designed, not as a certification scheme, but as a single, national certification standard, for common use by international forest certification schemes operating in the UK. It is a very unique standard and one of much interest to the sector.

At present, UKWAS is being revised and has now reached the final consultation phase, which will last from 15th February to 16th March. This is the final round of public consultation, and therefore your last chance to give your opinion.

The previous public consultation phase, in September and October 2015, had a good response and changes have been made throughout the standard as a result.

Peter Wilson, the UKWAS Executive Chair said: ‘Following on from the consultation we undertook last autumn, the Steering Group has now concluded work on a Pre-approval Consultation Draft. This is a refined version of the draft we prepared last year and takes account of all the comments received. It is a radical revision so we are looking forward to hearing your feedback on how you think this latest draft version meets your expectations.’

The UKAS website has a wealth of information and aims to provide its readers with everything they need to know in order to understand how to use the UK Woodland Assurance Standard.

You can find out more via the UKWAS Website. You can also take part and have your say by emailing your comments to ukwas@confor.org.uk

In order to comment, you can find all the relevant information about the standard here.
The documentation needed relating to the revision is also available here.