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Sourcing timber from responsibly managed sources Margaret Rainey WWF Global Forest and Trade Network. What is the GFTN?. WWF Global Forest and Trade Network. Partnerships between WWF (NGOs), governments & companies to drive responsible forestry

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Sourcing timber from responsibly managed sources

Margaret Rainey

WWF Global Forest and Trade Network

what is the gftn
What is the GFTN?

WWF Global Forest and Trade Network

  • Partnerships between WWF (NGOs), governments & companies to drive responsible forestry
  • Hundreds of members incl: IKEA, Carrefour, B&Q/Kingfisher (50% of demand)
  • Creating responsible forestry on the ground
  • Market links between responsible suppliers & buyers
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Members commit to:
  • promote responsible forest management and credible certification
  • phase out wood from unknown/potentially illegal sources
  • gradually increase production, use, trade of credibly certified products
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WWF Skov 2000

Mesoamerican and CaribbeanForest and Trade Network

WWF Oceania Buyers Group

GFTN Forest and Trade Networks- spring 2003

WWF Skog 2000

  • 18 local FTNs active in nearly 30 countries
  • 16 Demand Oriented FTNs, 2 Producer Groups
producer groups
Producer Groups

Mesoamerican and CaribbeanForest and Trade Network

Today: Russia, Central America

Future: Romania/Bulgaria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Gabon/Cameroon, Ghana, Bolivia, Brazil, Surinam, Peru

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Purchasing Policy
  • long-term goal of sourcing from responsible forestry
  • through a stepwise approach
  • promotes legal compliance
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Purchasing Stepwise -

Threshold requirements

  • known origin, legal status
  • High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), protected areas
  • verified by a 3rd party
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Purchasing Stepwise -

Transition phase

  • Producer Group membership
  • Action plan for achieving responsible management
  • MIV - Modular Implementation and Verification
  • 3rd party monitoring
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Purchasing stepwise -

well managed certified sources

  • credible certification system
  • assessed according to World Bank/WWF criteria
  • currently FSC best meets WWF’s conservation goals
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Public Purchasing Policies
  • UK 2000: from legal & sustainable sources,
  • Denmark 2001: tropical wood from legal & sustainable sources
  • Germany 2002: tropical wood FSC certified
  • Belgium and Netherland: many local authorities have policies for FSC preference
  • Local authorities in Spain, Sweden, UK, Bel, NL have all specified FSC timber in projects
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IKEAs staircase model for solid wood
  • Step 1: Known origin, no wood from HCVFs, natural forests (min. requirement)
  • Step 2: legal compliance, no protected areas or plantations after ’94 (min. requirement)
  • Step 3: transition phase to step 4
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Step 4:
  • management in accordance with official standard for well-managed forests
  • established performance levels co-operatively developed by balanced group of environmental, economic & social stakeholders
  • verified by an independent 3rd party
  • Currently, FSC only standard recognised by IKEA.
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Responsible purchasing - key concepts
  • HCVF Identification & Management Toolkit
  • Producer Group Toolkit/MIV
  • World Bank-WWF Alliance Principles and Criteria for defining acceptable independent certification systems
  • Guide for local Governments

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Conclusions
  • Stepwise purchasing policies can give preference to credibly certified products and to products from forests tracked for certification in GFTN Producer Groups
  • Promote legal compliance & HCVF protection
  • Large buyers active today, public & private
  • WWF GFTN offers solutions and ways forward
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