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FSC opens consultation on voluntary Carbon Footprint Procedure

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has invited all its stakeholders to join a consultation - running from 29 November 2016 to 10 January 2017 - on the possible introduction of a voluntary FSC Carbon Footprint Procedure.

This procedure would assist FSC certificate holders in quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions and climate benefits related to FSC-certified materials and products. The tool would be for voluntary use by certificate holders and only be mandatory when a certificate holder is making a claim about the carbon footprint of an FSC-labelled product.

Through the consultation, FSC aims to get an indication of the support for and interest in such an instrument, and any possible concerns among FSC members and stakeholders. 

"Carbon footprinting is likely to become an important tool to reduce the climate impacts of production and consumption patterns worldwide", explains FSC in a note. "It is already required for biomass energy as part of national renewable energy promotion policies. It can also be relevant for other products, for example for decision-making on what construction materials to use, or what materials to use for producing furniture, packaging, etc." 

"However, it is not a case of ‘all wood is good’ – it is important to distinguish wood originating from deforestation or badly managed forests from that originating from sustainably managed forests such as those certified by FSC. The FSC method would be unique in properly including the forest impacts of harvesting as part of a carbon footprint of a product, resulting in more accurate information to support sound policies and decisions."

The procedure will be linked to the FSC Chain of Custody Standard and will build upon the framework currently being developed on the impact of forest stewardship on ecosystem services. 

All information – including links to the survey, the consultation draft, and the comments form – can be found here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fsc-opens-consultation-voluntary-carbon-footprint-procedure]

UK Wood products and Forestry sectors grew considerably in 2015, TTF Annual Review reports

According to the Statistical Review 2016 published today by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Timber Industry maintains its place among the larger UK manufacturing sectors and is listed in the top 10 fastest growing UK manufacturing sectors.

In details, 2015 saw a 11.4% growth in the value of wood products, compared on the previous year. Similarly, UK forestry and logging was shown to have grown by 20.4%.

"The growth rate in the wood and wood products sector also outperformed many related industries, such as furniture, plastics and the construction of buildings", the TTF Statistical Review reports. "Together, the forestry and wood products sector achieved a combined value of £9.5 billion in turnover."

However, these positive news are balanced by the "small contraction" suffered in 2015 by the timber market after two very strong years of growth. According to the TTF, the decline was mainly due to the general economic slowdown in the UK, Eurozone and across the globe.

"Having followed a general trend of growth from 2008 to 2014, domestic and imported wood consumption decreased in 2015 by 1.8%. This was predominantly due to changes in imported product consumption: Hardwood and MDF consumption decreased, whilst softwood remained stable and plywood and fibreboard consumption grew from 2014", the Review says.

"There were also decreases in UK exports, UK production and the share of UK produced timber consumption vs imported timber."

David Hopkins, TTF Managing Director, commented: “These statistics show the value and importance of the timber supply chain to the UK economy. This is a well-established supply chain, with great growth potential. However, like all other sectors we are dependent on a joined up economic policy approach across the country. The upheaval of Brexit may have caused uncertainty, but is also an opportunity for us to show our worth. If the Government is serious about creating an “industrial strategy” then we must put forward the case for the timber manufacturing sector providing skilled jobs in every constituency across the country. These statistics help us do just that.”

For more information, visit http://www.ttf.co.uk/timber-industry/statistics.aspx.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-wood-products-and-forestry-sectors-grew-considerably-2015-ttf-annual-review-reports]

FLEGT VPA has not stopped illegal logging in Congo, says environmental NGO Fern

Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade, claims the environmental NGO Fern.

In fact, according to the RoC’s Independent Monitor of the implementation of forest law and governance, six new logging permits were awarded in January 2016 to several companies in violation of the country’s laws and regulations.

"Local civil society organisations, including Fern’s partner Forum pour le Gouvernance et les Droits Humains, believe that this is a serious breach of the VPA and a setback for the ongoing reforms intended to increase transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s vast forests", Fern spokespeople say.

Fern has joined these groups in calling on the Congolese government to work closely with the EU to implement the VPA and to end impunity in the forest sector.

The NGO has also asked the EU and Member States, in accordance with the EU Timber Regulation, to be diligent in ensuring that no illegally harvested timber and forest products from the RoC enter the EU market.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/flegt-vpa-has-not-stopped-illegal-logging-congo-says-environmental-ngo-fern]

African Development Bank and private investors fund US$ 24M reforestation scheme in Ghana

As reported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the African Development Bank (AfDB) is joining with private sector investors to restore degraded forest reserves and double the area of sustainable forest plantations in Ghana.

The agreement is a first-of-its-kind Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in its forest sector and is backed by a US$10 million concessional loan from the Climate Investment Funds' Forest Investment Program (CIF FIP). It is also supplemented by US$14 million in co-financing from the AfDB.

The Ghana reforestation project will establish a forest plantation in areas that used to be productive semideciduous forest reserves but that have been severely degraded.
 
AfDB Director for Private Sector Development, Kodeidja Diallo, said: “This project is the Bank’s first direct intervention in forestry through a private sector window and will serve as a pilot in setting the pace for engaging the private sector in sustainable forest plantation development."

Paul Hol, Executive Director of Form International, added: “This is a breakthrough for private investments in forestry on the continent. I believe that this project and collaboration between AfDB and Form Ghana Ltd can be a very important step to enable the expansion of large scale reforestation and landscape restoration projects in Africa. In this way it can be an important front running project for the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and NEPAD which aims at restoring 100 million ha of land in Africa by the year 2030."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/african-development-bank-and-private-investors-fund-us-24m-reforestation-scheme-ghana]

FSC Friday 2016 ready to kick off worldwide | 30 September 2016

FSC Friday is fast approaching and hundreds of companies and organizations around the world have already joined the Campaign.

The event - scheduled for Friday 30 September 2016 - features a series of events around the world to celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it.

FSC Certificate holders, members, partners and... common people can show their support for FSC Friday by joining the FSC Friday Thunderclap. Thunderclap supporters will automatically post the message “Help take care of forests. Choose FSC for responsibly-sourced products! #FSCFriday http://thndr.me/TRu0BP to their Facebook and/or Twitter profile(s) on FSC Friday.

Below a list events already in the FSC Friday Calendar:

  • Long-standing FSC Friday supporters, Snows Timber will organize an ad hoc event to help merchants promote certified timber 
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School will be holding a public awareness raising event and running an FSC competition.
  • Border Oak and Construction are set to complete forest pledges and provide cakes as part of an internal awareness raising event
  • Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School will be educating pupils about FSC
  • Good Wood Home Designs started celebrations early at the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show and will be following up with in-store promotions on the day

FSC UK is celebrating too through two events - a promotional stall at a local primary school - and a treasure hunt and talk in a FSC certified forest.

Last year, FSC Friday was celebrated by 31 countries across the world including the UK, where over 45 businesses, schools and groups took part by holding awareness raising events, ranging from dressing green and baking cakes to holding presentations and talks. 

To receive free materials and goodies for your event, or any specific information, email [email protected]. For some ideas and inspiration click here. A "celebration events map" is available here.

View other events on CTI Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fsc-friday-2016-ready-kick-worldwide-30-september-2016]

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