Information
  • Lead-organizer: Forest Stewardship Council
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 13 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-3

Certification as a tool for greening economies

Organizing partners

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC)

Introduction

The sustainable use of natural resources is a fundamental precondition for a green economy. FSC was set up by environmental and social organisations together with forest owners (private and community) and companies to develop a transparent and credible scheme for sustainable forest management. FSC has triggered substantial demand for sustainably harvested wood products: already 5% of the world?s total forests are managed according to FSC standards.



Forest products play a key role in a green economy. For instance they provide construction material for zero-energy buildings and replace other resources for products and energy for environmental and scarcity reasons. It is essential to mobilise these products in complete harmony with globally agreed objectives to halt the deterioration of biodiversity, as well improving social justice and respect for people directly dependant on forests.



Come and discuss the promotion of forest certification, in particular in tropical areas, and how governments and public authorities can help mainstream the use of certified forest products.

Detailed programme

FSC SIDE EVENT: ?Certification as a tool for greening economies?
JUNE, 2012

Background: The sustainable use of natural resources is a fundamental precondition for a green economy. FSC was set up by environmental and social organisations together with forest owners (private and community) and companies to develop a transparent and credible scheme for sustainable forest management. FSC has triggered substantial demand for sustainably harvested wood products: already 5% of the world?s total forests are managed according to FSC standards.

Forest products play a key role in a green economy. For instance they provide construction material for zero-energy buildings and replace other resources for products and energy for environmental and scarcity reasons. It is essential to mobilise these products in complete harmony with globally agreed objectives to halt the deterioration of biodiversity, as well improving social justice and respect for people directly dependant on forests.

Come and discuss the promotion of forest certification, in particular in tropical areas, and how governments and public authorities can help mainstream the use of certified forest products.

Purposes:
- To underline the importance of certification of in particular tropical forests as contribution to ?green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication?
- To discuss the roles governments can play in promoting such certification, on the ground as well as on the markets

Thematic focus and speakers:

1. Putting green economy into practice for tropical countries: FSC certification of forests.
2. Presentation of one or more case studies where FSC certification in the tropics made a real positive difference.
3. Presentation on FSC?s focus on community forestry and smallholders.
4. How can Sustainable Public procurement support sustainable forest management in the tropics.
Speakers are being found for all 4 subjects

Potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20

Governments will discuss on how forests need to be managed to combine the objectives of biodiversity protection and mitigating climate change, creation of (green and decent) jobs, promote sustainable development, and respond to the increasing needs for forest based products as an element of a green economy. Forest Certification is brought into the discussion as one of the market instruments that can assist in combining all these objectives. FSC strongly supports this, and would like to underline in particular the critical need to promote forest certification in the tropical forests, which have seen a hardly reduced deforestation rate in the last decade.

FSC?s success is to a large extent due to the increasing demand for certified timber (products). This demand is however mainly concentrated in the developed countries. FSC would like to promote sustainable public procurement, as an essential part of any green economy toolbox, also in developing countries, in particular in the tropics, to foster local sustainable forest management. At the side event it would like to engage with the participants on how this best can be done, including with tackling the issues of lack of experience and, in the initial phase, lack of local supply.
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