Certified Chinese forest ‘reaches one million hectares’

Forests owned by members of the Chinese chapter of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has recently passed the one-million-hectare mark, the environmental group has announced.

Set up and managed by WWF, GFTN aims to eliminate illegal logging and improve the management of valuable and threatened forests.

By facilitating trade links between companies committed to achieving and supporting responsible forestry, the GFTN creates market conditions that help conserve the world’s forests while providing economic and social benefits for the businesses and people that depend on them.

WWF says this latest news marks a significant step for GFTN-China in its wide-scale promotion of FSC certification.

FSC is an independent, not-for-profit non-governmental organisation that provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.

WWF is one of the main supporters of FSC globally and has been working on FSC certification for about eight years in China.

Mr Su Ming, deputy director of international co-operation for the State Forestry Administration said: “Sustainable management is a long-term goal for China’s forestry development [and] forest certification is one of the most effective methods to ensure this goal.

“We’re delighted by the co-operation between domestic forestry companies and international conservation organisations to introduce such advance management concepts and approaches to China.”

WWF says the goal of GFTN-China is to eliminate illegal logging and improve the management of valuable and threatened forests in China, and in those countries supplying wood and fibre to China.

Source: WWF press release

Date: 07/01/2009

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