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Precedent-setting moratorium helping protect over a million hectares of intact boreal forest

2018-04-20Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Boreal forests make up almost a third of the world's remaining forest cover. Most are found in Russia, where more than 800 million hectares of the country's forests store more carbon in trees, soil and peat than all tropical and temperate forests combined, and play a critical role in regulating global climate.Russian boreal forests are also one of the only places where the last remaining herds of some reindeer subspecies and large predators like bears, wolves, lynx and the Amur tiger range free. The life and culture of many local communities is also interwoven with these ancient forest landscapes.Balancing local economic needs while protecting this forest has been a cornerstone of WWF's work in Russia's boreal forests. The WWF-Mondi partnership, which started in 2014, has worked actively in the region to protect Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) and Intact Forest Areas (IFAs) and identify ways to sustainably manage forests.Global packaging and paper giant, Mondi Group, which manages 2.1 million hectares in Russia's boreal forest, is making a significant contribution to this through a moratorium on sourcing wood from 1.25 million hectares of strictly protected zones in boreal IFLs and IFAs."For too long, many companies have relied and still rely on logging intact forests rather than engaging in responsible management, and unsustainable logging in IFLs presents a huge challenge for boreal forest conservation in Russia," says Nikolay Shmatkov, Head of WWF-Russia's Forest Program. "The moratorium is a significant boost for the conservation of these valuable areas and, along with the Russian Boreal Forest Platform on forest management, offers a more sustainable way forward for the entire sector."Jointly signed with WWF-Russia and The Silver Taiga Foundation for Sustainable Development, the moratorium reflects Mondi's commitment not to purchase wood in any form from core areas in IFLs and IFAs in the Republic of Komi or from those in the border territories of the neighbouring Arkhangelsk, Kirov and Perm regions, and to cease purchasing from any supplier found logging in these areas. The agreement also commits WWF and Silver Taiga to further monitoring and research, and to working with the government to obtain official protection status for IFLs and IFAs."This is a unique agreement, the first of its kind", says Denis Popov, Group Natural Resources Manager at Mondi. "It's the result of more than ten years' of collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders – it looks beyond lease site borders and any specific certification standard, and encompasses smaller IFAs as well as IFLs.""A critical dimension of the agreement is that it is based on a landscape approach", says Yuri Pautov, Director, The Silver Taiga Foundation for Sustainable Development. "IFL cores, combining forested river watersheds, are completely protected across a landscape, while responsible logging is permitted alongside conservation in buffer zones as long as it is not detrimental to the overall IFL."A precedent-setting business case for the Russian forest sector While about a third of Russia's boreal forest is pristine, it is under increasing pressure. A recent survey by WWF-Russia showed 21 million hectares of intact forest – 7.5 per cent of the total IFL area in Russia – were lost to fragmentation through non-natural fires, logging and mining between 2000-2013.As the largest consumer of timber in this region, Mondi's rejection of raw material detrimental to intact forests is likely to persuade other buyers to follow suit, making logging in these areas unprofitable for any companies left operating in them."Our hope is that other major companies also start sourcing more responsibly," adds Shmatkov. "We welcome similar logging and purchasing moratoria from anyone committed to sustainability. We only need to transform 25 per cent of purchasing in a region to have a significant effect on the market and help preserve the most valuable areas of intact forest."In order to compensate for timber volumes lost through the moratorium, Mondi[...]

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New IKEA forestry standard raises sustainability baseline

2018-04-10Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) IKEA's expanded IWAY Forestry Standard now covers bamboo, rattan and paper, adding almost 5m m3 RWE to its scope, and demonstrating the power of partnership.

Shaping the market

IKEA is a very large buyer of wood which it uses not only in products but also in packaging and printed materials. And what it sets as minimums standards in terms of quality and sustainability can have a big effect in the market place.

"Many of our products are made of wood. We have the ability – and responsibility – to influence not only how our wood is sourced but also how forests are managed", says Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at IKEA.


While IKEA's target for 2020 is that all wood used in its products comes from more sustainable sources – defined as Forest Stewardship Council certified or recycled –minimum requirements are set out in its IWAY Forestry Standard. Although only the starting point for sustainability, this stipulates precise requirements for IKEA suppliers.

Recently expanded, the IWAY standard now covers bamboo, rattan and paper (as well as solid wood, veneer, plywood, layer-glued, wood-based boards, and wooden plastics), placing close to an additional 6,000 articles under strict sustainability criteria – which include a ban on wood harvested illegally or from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) – and adding almost 5m m3 RWE to its scope.

"We want to make wood from more sustainable sources a mainstream commodity – we're going beyond our own needs and helping to make it available for more companies. It's good for business, communities, biodiversity and the climate, and contributes to ending deforestation", says Tarasov.

The power of partnership

Working together since 2002, WWF and IKEA have promoted responsible forest management and credible forest certification, and in 2011, the partnership contributed to the first ever FSC certification of rattan forest in Laos, a major milestone in a country where rattan is an invaluable part of rural people's livelihoods.

Supporting smallholders and sustainable production of non-timber forest products such as bamboo and rattan, especially in the Greater Mekong region, and linking communities to global markets, is a key part of the partnership, which has in part enabled the recent expansion of IKEA's forestry standard.

Bamboo makes up over 3% of the world's forests and supports an estimated 1 billion people while the rattan sector is estimated to generate global revenue of $10.5 billion annually and employs around 4 million people worldwide.

Overall, the partnership has been instrumental in increasing FSC-certified forest areas by around 35 million hectares (an area about the size of Germany).

Find out more about our partnership with IKEA here.

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Rare species seen for the first time in Chico Mendes Reserve in Brazil

2018-04-09Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

A family of pacaranas (Dinomys Branickii) was recorded on video for the first time within the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, a 950,000 hectare protected area in the Brazilian Amazon.  The sighting is the result of an unprecedented monitoring programme carried out in late 2017 by WWF-Brazil and partners in Acre, pairing technology with local community knowledge to monitor the fauna biodiversity in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="259" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="460">The Reserve was created in 1990 and encompasses over 950,000 hectares. The area is spread over nine municipal districts in Acre and there are 10,000 people living within this Protected Area. Local communities are allowed to harvest timber as well as non-timber forest products such as Brazilian nuts.  "The sighting of pacaranas shows that as long as we fulfill some norms, it's possible to use forest resources while ensuring that animals continue to be there", says Felipe Spina Avino, biologist and conservation analyst at WWF-Brazil.  Pacarana is a rare species and there is scarce scientific information available about it. The most famous relative of pacarana is the pre-historical animal Josephoartigasia Monesi – weighing over one ton and considered to be the largest rodent ever recorded.Camera traps Although rare in Brazil, pacaranas are found more frequently in countries such as Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. But there are very few records of them in the wild, especially in Brazil. Hunting and forest habitat destruction are the major threats.  In late 2017, a set of camera traps were set up within the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve to monitor the fauna as well as to help improve the methods of timber extraction. In order to continue harvesting and commercializing the timber, community members are required to prove that this economic activity does not negatively impact biodiversity. The camera traps help to monitor the animals and examine these impacts. Since December, eight camera traps have been installed in the Reserve. Just in the first round of monitoring, more than 116 records were made, and over 20 different species were captured by the cameras. Besides the pacarana family, the animals captured in photo or video included armadillos (Dasypus sp), deers (Mazama sp.), monkeys like "macaco-guariba" (Alouatta seniculus) or "macaco-prego" (Cebus apela), ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), opossums (Didelphis albiventris), grey-winged trumpeter (Psophia crepitans), agoutis (Dasyprocta agouti), and many others. In order to expand the monitoring, another 12 cameras will be set up this year.  Forest engineer Jardel Freitas said that the community members are enthusiastic about the fauna monitoring: "We see this initiative in a positive way, as it will improve the quality of our work. If we can be aware of the logging impact upon the fauna, we will be able to structure better projects. We want to show that, with the right practices, it's possible to use the forest resources and minimize the impacts upon the animals in the explored areas". Partners in the project include the Community Forest Producers Cooperative (COOPERFLORESTA), a community organization working with the sustainable exploration of timber in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, The Chico Mendes Resex Dwellers and Producers Association in Xapuri (AMOPREX) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio, the federal agency for biodiversity conservation).[...]

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Historic ruling for forests, people and climate action in Colombia

2018-04-06Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Yesterday, in a historic ruling, Colombia's Supreme Court recognized the Colombian Amazon as a subject with rights and ordered the government to develop urgent actions, within the next four months, to protect it and ensure its conservation and sustainable management, including strict measures to reduce deforestation. 

The decision is the result of a lawsuit brought forward by 25 children and young adults from different regions of the country, with support from Dejusticia, in January 2018 explaining how future generations will be the ones to face the worst effects of climate change and demanding that the government must halt deforestation completely and guarantee their involvement in the development of a plan to achieve this objective.

In addition to setting a legal precedent, the lawsuit and ruling demonstrate the important role people and institutions like courts can play in furthering action on climate change and biodiversity loss.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global climate and energy programme, said: 
​"The Colombian Supreme Court's decision to recognize the Colombian Amazon as a subject with rights is a landmark step forward - for forests, climate action and people. For too long, we have taken from nature, continually and carelessly, and now the time has come to say enough! By protecting the rights of the Colombian Amazon to be free from deforestation, the court ruling not only protects the incredible biodiversity it contains and the communities that depend on it, but also safeguards one of our planet's best defences against climate change. This is a promising first - and 'right' - step toward creating a resilient, climate-safe future for people and nature."

Mary Lou Higgins, Director, WWF-Colombia, stated:
"WWF has been working for more than a decade on identifying the main climate related risks for the Amazon biome, as well as designing and implementing "nature-based solutions" to tackle them. For this reason, WWF celebrates the historic decision taken by the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice which reflects the crucial role non-state actors can play in the battle against deforestation and climate change. We are certain this decision will be key for ensuring the effective protection of the Amazon and catalyzing Colombia´s fulfillment of the Paris Agreement, as long as it is accompanied with a solid strategy which ensures effective participation of state and non-state actors in its implementation, for which we commit our full support."


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Agreement reached: old growth forests in Slovakia will not be touched

2018-03-30Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) WWF in Slovakia and civic association PRALES reached an agreement with the state forest enterprise of Slovakia for securing the unprotected old growth forests in Slovakia. No human intervention will be executed on 2,230 ha of such forests. This is an important step in fulfilling the obligations of Slovakia before the Carpathian Convention.

The agreement on the preservation of old growth forests is a result of year-long negotiations between the state enterprise and environmental organisations. Experts from PRALES had executed a national inventory of most preserved natural forests in Slovakia between 2009 and 2015 and identified altogether 10,583 ha of old growth forests. About a third of them are still not protected by the strictest protection (which is non-intervention) and therefore threatened by damage or destruction. This concerns 96 sites, such as Zamok in Male Karpaty, Drastvica in Stiavnicke vrchy, Skalnata in Lucanska Fatra, Chmelienec in the Low Tatras. Environmental organisations therefore prepared a joint proposal for protection of the old growth forests and conducted a series of meetings with the Slovak state forest enterprise which has not been entering these sites since 2011.

"We are aware of our social responsibility and are interested in preserving natural values for future generations. We will mark the identified localities in the field on our own costs and ensure their protection. At the same time, we give a public commitment not to perform any management activities in these sites," said Marian Staník, general director of the state enterprise.

First reserves for protection of old growth forests in Slovakia were established at the end of 19th century with the aim to preserve precious examples of natural forests in their almost unaltered appearance. Later, the network of old growth forests reserves increased to enable research on natural evolution of forests. Currently, strict legal protection (5th degree of protection) is applied in 68% of old growth forests in Slovakia (7,313 ha). Commitment made by the state enterprise not to log in the identified old growth forests will increase this area to 9,500 ha, which means that 94% of all identified forests in Slovakia will be left for natural evolution.

"WWF appreciates the constructive approach of the state enterprise in the negotiations as well as the commitment not to log in the old growth forests of Slovakia identified by environmental organisations. This is a progress in ensuring a permanent and adequate protection of old growth forests in Slovakia", stated Miroslava Plassmann, Country Head of WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme in Slovakia.

"It is good news for the conservation of biodiversity. For many organisms, old growth forests represent Noah's arks in a sea of more or less altered forests. It is also worth mentioning that the baseline for research of natural patterns in forest ecosystems will be enlarged. Though it is a small step in conservation of unique natural assets of Slovakia, it is indeed a step in good directionq", stated Marián Jasík, expert of PRALES.

All concerned parties also agreed that it is necessary to review national network of protected areas in the future to ensure thorough protection of the most valuable sites.

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The European Union (EU) and WWF officially launch a 2.8 million EUR project to conserve natural resources in Cambodia

2018-03-29Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Phnom Penh, 29th March 2018— The EU and WWF continue cooperation for sustainable resource use and protected area management. Today, WWF and the European Union (EU) have officially launched a project worth 2.8 million EUR (equivalent to more than 3.3 million USD) for a project supporting the sustainable management of the rich forest resources of Mondulkiri Province. The 5 year project (2018- 2022) is called 'Advancing CSO's Capacity to Ensure Sustainability Solutions (ACCESS)', and its overarching objective is to strengthen the role and participation of Cambodian forest dependent communities in improved governance, inclusive policy dialogue, and natural resources conservation in Mondulkiri province. The EU is funding this project, which is to be implemented by a consortium of non-governmental organizations long operating in Cambodia, including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), ADG and My Village Organization (MVI), in order to specifically ensure the active contribution of members of forest dependent communities in Mondulkiri Province, organized into Community Protected Areas (CPA). The launching workshop aims at developing common understanding of expected overall objectives and outcomes to various stakeholders including project beneficiaries at provincial and national level and the role of project implementers. The workshop encourages stakeholder participation in all stages of the project. It will open the floor to discuss and gather inputs on resolutions or mechanism, share related challenges at target intervention areas, and provide recommendations on improving the approaches on project management, implementation, and monitoring to better achieve desired outcomes. The project seeks to ensure that marginalized forest communities affected by threats such as increasing pressure from external economic interests to the natural resources which they depend upon are able to legally enforce the protection of their forest. It will specifically support the empowerment of forest-dependent communities in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary (PPWS) and Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), which jointly cover 40% of Mondulkiri Province. These "Community Protected Areas are like effective living fences to protect our forests and biodiversity" says Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia Country Director. "Engaging and empowering these communities to sustainably manage the forest resources, at the same time, increasing their well-being is the way forwards for natural resources conservation. We would like to see target Community Protected Areas in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary are capacitated and empowered to exercise their rights to conserve natural resources through livelihood development, sustainable harvesting and law enforcement to build resilience for ecosystem services." He also added that as a key implementing partner, WWF welcomes the support of the EU on this vital issue. "We are delighted to financially support this project. It contributes to the efforts of the Royal Government on protected areas management and sustainable development in Mondulkiri. To make the project succeed, we encourage strong commitment and responsive actions from decision makers, civil society and as well as communities themselves so that the project can unfold its full benefits for the local population, forests and wildlife." says the Ambassador of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr George Edgar.    "Community Protected Areas play a crucial role in environmental protection and sustainable resource use, and it is important that those people have strong capacity to implement their work. We hope that this model of community-led resource management can be replicated in other place of the country. It could potentially benefit over 6 million people dependent on forest, making a real contribution to the implementati[...]

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Building capacity to manage and resolve conflict in Indonesian forest concessions

2018-03-20Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Social conflict between local communities and forest concessions is one of the many challenges Indonesia has been facing to protect and manage its forest resources. It is mainly caused by overlapping land tenure permits between communities and industrial forest companies.  Identifying social conflict at its early stage, and learning how to mitigate it, is key to conflict prevention and containment. However, forest companies in Indonesia often lack conflict management and resolution skills to identify and resolve potential conflicts on the ground.

In this context, under the RAFT partnership, WWF-Indonesia, in collaboration with the Directorate General for the Sustainable Management of Production Forests of the Ministry of Environmental and Forestry (MoEF) and Wana Aksara Research Institute, developed a guidance framework for mapping and resolving conflict in forest concession areas in Indonesia.  
The guidance was adopted into a new government regulation in 2016 under the sustainable forest management department on Conflict Mapping and Resolution Guidelines for Production Forest Management. On August 16th, 2016, more than 330 participants including forest concession holders, associations and forest consultants among other relevant stakeholders, gathered at a meeting in Jakarta to discuss the regulation.
 "With the issuance of this regulation and guidance, there is no excuse for forest concessions because it should enable them to identify and manage conflicts in their area," said Dr. Ida Bagus Parthama, M.Sc., Directorate General for the Sustainable Management of Production Forests (MoEF).
Under the RAFT partnership, WWF-Indonesia is also developing a database to map social conflict in concessions areas in Indonesia. This is an open source platform, where forest companies can assess social conflicts in their concessions, share lessons learned and good practices. The database will be launched in June 2018 and will serve as a monitoring tool for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to map out conflicts in concessions in various Indonesian forestry regions.


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Lip service on deforestation - Is the EU taking its commitment to halt deforestation by 2020 seriously?

2018-03-19Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

A new feasibility study on Options to step up EU action to combat deforestation and forest degradation published by the European Commission clearly shows the EU's role in contributing to deforestation on other continents, such as the Amazon and the Cerrado in Brazil, or tropical forests in Malaysia. However, the European Commission has failed to commit to concrete action based on these results, nor what such action could look like – a lack of clear commitment which for WWF is deeply worrying. The EU contributes to the problem of deforestation by importing products like palm oil, beef and leather, soy and cocoa, but also timber from deforested and converted areas. However, while the EU is part of the problem of global deforestation, the research shows that it can also be part of the solution, by significantly stepping up its efforts to address the impacts of its consumption and adopting a coherent and comprehensive approach. WWF welcomes the publication of this long awaited study, since it clearly demonstrates that meaningful action on deforestation from an EU perspective is possible. The study proposes a number of actions for supply in producer countries; for demand in the EU; and also for investments and the finance sector. From a WWF perspective, a holistic approach that would include all of these different dimensions is required. "The failure of the European Commission to propose concrete measures to reduce the EU's destructive footprint on global forests is truly alarming. The finding of this study must be a wake-up call, and they also provide a solid basis for urgent action, if the EU is serious about its international commitments – and responsibility! - to halt deforestation by 2020 and to combat climate change," said Anke Schulmeister, Senior Policy Officer on Forests of WWF's European Policy Office. "Interestingly, the private sector is far more progressive than the legislator when it comes to reducing the EU's global footprint, with numerous companies already having concrete commitments in place to curb forest destruction in their supply chains. This study is a call to the European Commission to come forward with a proposal to complement these industry efforts to ensure coherent implementation of commitments they made and to create a level playing field for the European market – we urgently call on the Commission to do more than just pay lip service." To address the problem, a mix of actions will be needed, which WWF would like to see expressed in an EU Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation, namely: supporting producer countries in addressing problems with deforestation, looking at unsustainable agricultural practices but also at governance and land use challenges, including human rights;addressing over-consumption in the EU as well as other drivers;introducing regulatory measures to ensure that products placed on the EU market are sustainable and not contributing to deforestation , to complement voluntary measures, level the market playing field and support a sustainable economy. Background Halting deforestation by 2020 is one of the Sustainable Development Goals that the EU committed to, and it is also critical to reach the Paris Agreement's objective of limiting global temperature increase to 2C while aiming for 1.5C. Currently emissions from deforestation and forest degradation account for 11 per cent of the global total. The main direct cause of deforestation remains agricultural expansion, which accounts for up to 80 per cent of global levels. According to FAO estimates, around 7.6 million ha of forests were lost every year at the global level between 2010 and 2015. While the rate of deforestation appears to have slowed compared to previous decades, it nevertheless remains alarmingly high. Studies by the European Commission show tha[...]

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Half of plant and animal species at risk from climate change in world's most important natural places

2018-03-14Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

LONDON - Up to half of plant and animal species in the world's most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. Even if the Paris Climate Agreement 2°C target is met, these places could lose 25 per cent of their species according to a landmark new study by the University of East Anglia, the James Cook University, and WWF.Published today in the journal Climatic Change and just ahead of Earth Hour, the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, researchers examined the impact of climate change on nearly 80,000 plant and animal species in 35 of the world's most diverse and naturally wildlife-rich areas. It explores a number of different climate change futures – from a no-emissions-cuts case in which global mean temperatures rise by 4.5°C[1], to a  2°C rise, the upper limit for temperature in the Paris Agreement[2]. Each area was chosen for its uniqueness and the variety of plants and animals found there.The report finds that the Miombo Woodlands, home to African wild dogs, south-west Australia and the Amazon-Guianas are projected to be some the most affected areas. If there was a 4.5°C global mean temperature rise, the climates in these areas are projected to become unsuitable for many of the plants and animals that currently live there meaning: Up to 90 per cent of amphibians, 86 per cent of birds and 80 per cent of mammals could potentially become locally extinct in the Miombo Woodlands, Southern AfricaThe Amazon could lose 69 per cent of its plant speciesIn south-west Australia 89 per cent of amphibians could become locally extinct60 per cent of all species are at risk of localized extinction in MadagascarThe Fynbos in the Western Cape Region of South Africa, which is experiencing a drought that has led to water shortages in Cape Town, could face localised extinctions of a third of its species, many of which are unique to that region.As well as this, increased average temperatures and more erratic rainfall could become be the "new normal" according to the report - with significantly less rainfall in the Mediterranean, Madagascar and the Cerrado-Pantanal in Argentina. Potential effects include[3];Pressure on the water supplies of African elephants – who need to drink 150-300 litres of water a day96 per cent of the breeding grounds of Sundarbans tigers could become submerged by sea-level riseComparatively fewer male marine turtles due to temperature-induced sex assignment of eggs.If species can move freely to new locations then the risk of local extinction decreases from around 25 per cent to 20 per cent with a 2°C global mean temperature rise.  If species cannot they may not be able to survive. Most plants, amphibians and reptiles, such as orchids, frogs and lizards cannot move quickly enough keep up with these climatic changes.Lead researcher Prof Rachel Warren from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA said: "Our research quantifies the benefits of limiting global warming to 2°C for species in 35 of the world's most wildlife-rich areas. We studied 80,000 species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and found that 50 per cent of species could be lost from these areas without climate policy. However, if global warming is limited to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, this could be reduced to 25 per cent. Limiting warming to within 1.5°C was not explored, but would be expected to protect even more wildlife."   Overall the research shows that the best way to protect against species loss is to keep global temperature rise as low as possible. The Paris Agreement Pledges, made by coutnries, reduce the expected level of global warming from 4.5°C to aroun[...]

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Women Rising

2018-03-01Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

In the western reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where well-trodden footpaths supplant roads and native dialects still ring through the forest, women shoulder the burdens of daily life. As the sun rises, they ready food for their husbands and children and set out for the fields bordering their villages. There, they turn the soil they've nurtured, plant the land they've prepared, and harvest the crops they've grown to feed and clothe the people who depend on them. They use breaks in the day to fish, make soap, or weave mats. Then, as the sun sinks, they fix another meal. Here, women are at the center of the household and the heart of local livelihoods, yet they are often excluded from community-level decision-making about the natural resources on which they rely. "Women have a wealth of knowledge that we need to tap into, because they play a major role as protectors of the natural resources," says Nathalie Simoneau, senior gender and social inclusion specialist for WWF, who focuses on mainstreaming gender and social issues into WWF programs. "They have to have a greater voice. They have to be involved in making decisions about how the land is used." With longstanding and critical funding from USAID and other partners, WWF is working with communities throughout the Congo to empower women by teaching them sustainable farming techniques and fire prevention and management; offering them literacy classes; building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills; and ensuring their representation in decision-making bodies. Women are eager to develop leadership expertise for the betterment of their families and communities—and to create a more secure future for their children. Working with women and their communities is a critical part of protecting the forests and wildlife in this part of the country. Here, the overharvesting of wood for fuel, conversion of wild spaces to agricultural land, overfishing, and excessive hunting of bushmeat (to eat and to sell) are all on the rise to meet the demands of a growing population. Nearby protected areas such as Tumba Lediima Natural Reserve and Salonga National Park harbor an array of wildlife—including endangered forest elephants and bonobos—and uncontrolled deforestation and poaching could harm their already struggling populations. Better land and natural resource management helps take the pressure off fragile ecosystems, reduce reliance on bushmeat and fish, and conserve nature's bounty. Until recently, most local development committees governing community farmland, land use, and natural resources consisted only of men. WWF has been instrumental in instituting a new policy that requires these committees to be at least 30% female. Women receive training in integrated agricultural and conservation practices so they can make meaningful contributions to household livelihoods and related decision-making. One new practice is agroforestry—a technique that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees among crops or pastureland for more productive and sustainable land use. The idea is to keep the soil rich and healthy so the land can continue to produce long term, and to avoid the harmful yet common yearly practice of slashing and burning forests to create more agricultural fields. In recent years, WWF has also supported Congolese women's fight for land rights, culminating in the summer of 2016 when the government issued a statement reinforcing the law that stipulates women have to be engaged at all levels of decision-making in community forest concessions. Of course, permanently shifting the balance for women both culturally and legally will take time. But a handful of women in these villages have already adopted new leadership roles and agroforestry techniques with gusto.[...]

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WWF welcomes Bridgestone's new global sustainable procurement policy

2018-02-06Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) TOKYO – WWF welcomes Bridgestone's new global sustainable procurement policy, which includes a commitment to create a sustainable supply chain for natural rubber.
Over 70 per cent of the world's production is used to make tires and over 70 per cent of it is produced in Southeast Asia, where development of rubber farms has driven deforestation.
After partnering with Michelin in 2015 and Toyota Motor Corporation in 2016, WWF continued its work to transform the global rubber industry by engaging other top tire and car makers on the development of sustainable procurement policies.
Following Michelin's 2016 and Pirelli's 2017 policies, Bridgestone, the world's largest tire and rubber company, becomes the first Japanese company to release a sustainable procurement policy addressing natural rubber. Bridgestone's policy includes a wide range of commitments WWF had requested, from net-zero deforestation and no development of peatlands to human rights and land rights protection. 
Aiming for measurable steady adoption of Bridgestone's new policy, WWF hopes to see independent third-party monitoring and establishment of grievance mechanisms included in Bridgestone's policy and implemented in the near future.
Given that vehicles are the largest users of natural rubber, WWF calls not only on other tire manufacturers and rubber processors, but also on automakers, fleet operators, and replacement tire sellers to release policies in which they commit to procuring sustainable natural rubber products. 

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New report finds ski resort construction causing irreversible damage to Pirin World Heritage site

2018-01-29Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Sofia, Bulgaria (29 January 2018) – Pirin National Park, one of Europe's most important biodiversity hotspots, has suffered irreparable damage from the construction and expansion of Bansko ski resort, reveals a WWF report published today. The analysis finds that the ski resort, approved by Bulgaria's government in 2000, has also compromised Pirin's long-term economic value and delivered a mixed economic impact to date. Amendments made to Pirin's current management plan by Bulgaria's government in December have now opened up to 48% of the park to construction activities. A new draft management plan, currently under dispute in court, would allow construction of ski infrastructure in an area 12.5 times bigger than the current area and logging in 60 per cent of the national park. The report forcefully shows that these plans would cause irreversible damage to the World Heritage site and are based on a questionable business case. Veselina Kavrakova, WWF-Bulgaria Country Head, said: "Ski development in pursuit of short-term gains has already taken a shocking toll on Pirin. This report brings its damaging impact on both nature and Pirin's long-term economic value into sharp focus. Bulgaria's government cannot simply press on with plans to allow the ski area to increase 12-fold. It must instead listen to its citizens who are calling for Pirin to be protected.  "Sustainable economic development can better capture the long-term potential of the park and extend the tourism offering beyond skiing by developing year-round activities to attract more visitors outside the winter months." A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, Pirin is Europe's best preserved home for iconic species such as the brown bears, grey wolves and the lesser spotted eagle. The changes to its current management plan were pushed through by Bulgaria's government on 28 December after WWF and a coalition of NGOs filed a lawsuit against the government's proposed new management plan. This surreptitious move has sparked weekly street protests in more than 20 cities in Bulgaria and dozens more around the world. WWF's report, "Slippery Slopes: Protecting Pirin from Unsustainable Ski Expansion and Logging," highlights that, when building the current ski zones, the concessionaire constructed ski facilities on 60 per cent more national park territory than contracted. This construction caused irreversible damage to the national park. As a result, two areas lost the status of World Heritage Site and were labelled as 'buffer zones'.   The provisions in the draft management plan now pose a potential further threat to Pirin's important ecosystems. Ski infrastructure construction and widespread logging would seriously threaten the park's wildlife by destroying, reducing and fragmenting natural habitats. The expansion would take place in some of the most pristine and valuable areas within the park, and would require cutting down old Macedonian and Bosnian pine trees. It is estimated that more than 3,000 hectares of forest would need to be felled to facilitate the planned expansion of ski areas. The report also finds that the assumptions underlying the economic case for ski expansion are weak. The ski zones are shown to have had mixed economic impact on the local economy to date, as demonstrated by increased unemployment, population reduction and drastic decrease of property value. Bansko is also not maximizing the potential of its existing facilities. Furthermore, climate change effects are expected to affect snow conditions, increasing dependency on artificial snow and inflating the cost of operating the ski resort as well as pressure on local water supplies. WWF's report instead provides a roadmap for developing Pirin susta[...]

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« Mitsitsy mba haharitra » ; économisons, pour que ça dure

2018-01-26Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

"Mitsitsy mba haharitra. Ndao hampiasa fatana mitsitsy" (Economisons, pour que ça dure. Utilisons les foyers économes). C'est le message fort que le WWF veut lancer en 2018 pour inviter la population malgache à contribuer au quotidien à sauver la forêt de Madagascar, habitat de plantes et animaux rares, uniques au monde.Les forêts sont essentielles à la vie. Au niveau mondial, elles jouent un rôle crucial dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique en absorbant le dioxyde de carbone de l'atmosphère. A Madagascar, elles assurent le cycle de l'eau indispensable aux paysans, elles fournissent des plantes médicinales, du bois pour la construction des maisons, pour la cuisson...Or, la déforestation, liée à la production de charbon, est une des principales causes de la destruction de la biodiversité et de l'habitat naturel à Madagascar. Et pourtant le charbon est un besoin quotidien des foyers malgaches. Les 98% de la population dépendent de cette ressource pour cuisiner leur repas de tous les jours.Mais comment assurer nos besoins en charbon et préserver au même temps nos forêts, notre biodiversité ? En utilisant des « fatana mitsisty », des foyers « kamado » ou d'autres alternatives de cuisine et de combustible économique. Voilà comment chacun de nous peut contribuer au quotidien. En effet, l'utilisation des foyers améliorés peut réduire jusqu'à 50% la consommation du charbon ou de bois. Et l'économie ne se sentira pas seulement sur nos forêts, mais aussi dans nos poches!Un ménage d'environ six personnes utilisant un foyer amélioré consomme environ 25kg de charbon par mois, contre 50 kg de consommation d'un ménage utilisant les foyers traditionnels. Avec le foyer économe, le ménage économise ainsi environ 7000 ariary par mois. En même temps, chaque foyer économe pourra sauver environ 6 arbres par mois.Connectons-nous à la naturePour passer le message au public, des sensibilisations dans des écoles, des grandes marches et des concours Master Chef Mitsisty seront organisés à Antananarivo, Ambilobe, Andapa, Morondava et Tuléar avec la collaboration de la Direction Régionale de la Météorologie, le ministère de l'Energie et une trentaine d'organismes œuvrant pour l'environnement à Madagascar. La célébration internationale de « Une Heure pour la Terre » le samedi 24 mars 2018 marquera le temps fort de cette campagne. « Cette année, plus de 100 pays à travers le monde célébreront « Une heure pour la terre » sous le thème "Connectons-nous à la nature". À Madagascar, nous avons donc pensé à connecter les malagasy à la nature à travers l'utilisation de foyers économes. Une façon facile et simple qui profite à nos concitoyens et à la nature, et à laquelle tout le monde peut participer », explique Mialisoa Raharimanana, responsable de l'initiative à WWF.D'ici là, suivez les actualités sur la page Facebook de WWF Madagascar pour vous informer des activités à suivre dans vos villes ou sur notre site. Sauvons la forêt du nord avec des « fatana mitsitsy »Sachant que l'acheminement de foyers améliorés n'est pas toujours évident dans certaines parties de Madagascar, un crowfunding a été lancé ce mois de janvier afin de financer l'envoi de 750 foyers améliorés à Andapa. Avec un objectif de 5000 dollars, le crowdfunding permettra d'envoyer et[...]

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COFAV... Aux vingt autres années à venir !

2017-12-21Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Le corridor forestier Fandriana Vondrozo Midongy (COFAV), avec une superficie d'environ 450 000 hectares est le poumon et le « château d'eau » du centre-est au sud-est de Madagascar. En effet, une trentaine de cours d'eau y prennent leurs sources pour se jeter dans l'océan Indien ou le Canal de Mozambique, approvisionnant toutes les populations riveraines. De sa conservation dépendent alors des milliers de personnes et c'est ainsi que WWF a installé une première antenne  au cœur de la forêt humide du corridor en 1998. Aujourd'hui nous célébrons 20 ans de conservation réussis avec la satisfaction d'avoir travaillé pour la création et développement de 74 organisations communautaires qui s'occupent de gérer de façon durable leur propres forêts dans les districts de Vondrozo et Ivohibe. Vingt années de reboisement et de gestion durable de ressources forestières qui se  reflètent aujourd'hui par de nombreux succès. Le retour des sources d'eaux taries et de nouvelles sources d'eau apparues n'est pas un miracle. Cette réussite est due à l'effort du reboisement déployé par des dizaines de membres de communautés engagés pour le bien-être de leurs générations à venir. Plus de 1 200 000 arbres ont été utilisés pour restaurer 874 ha de forêts dégradées. Structurées dans deux fédérations régionales, les communautés sont désormais en accord pour la bonne gestion de leur forêt. Ensemble,  elles ont développé de nombreuses initiatives qui ont déjà des retombés visibles sur l'économie et la vie sociale de leurs villages. Des communautés dans le sud du corridor y ont construit un hôpital grâce à de l'argent qui a récompensé leurs efforts de conservation. Les communautés du nord ont démarré il y a dix ans la production d'huiles essentielles, qui aujourd'hui, génère une forte bénéfice économique. Pour Nanie Ratsifandrihamanana, directrice de WWF à Madagascar, « les communautés du COFAV brillent particulièrement par leur cohésion et leur esprit d'entreprendre ensemble». « Des pans entiers de forêts dégradées ont été restaurés grâce à des années d'engagements volontaires et communautaires. Les sources jadis taries sont réapparues. Les communautés du COFAV et le WWF, nous sommes une seule et même famille. Ces communautés sont nos modèles. Si l'effort de conservation entrepris par ces villageois est le même dans tout Madagascar, le retour de la forêt n'est pas qu'un espoir, ce serait un accomplissement national», a souligné Nanie, émue par le constat des efforts de ces communautés du corridor. Joyeux 20ème anniversaire ! Pour les vingt autres années à venir ! [...]

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WWF calls for increased funding for forests at Global Landscapes Forum

2017-12-19Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) BERLIN -- At the start of the Global Landscapes Forum 2017, WWF calls on the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to establish a forest fund with a budget of at least EUR 100 million per year for forest landscape restoration. 
"With forest protection and reforestation, we can carry out up to one-third of all measures that are needed worldwide to mitigate climate change. Every Euro more helps us in three ways: to slow down global warming, to improve livelihoods of local people and to preserve biodiversity. More than half of all species live in forests and 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihood," says Dr. Susanne Winter, Program Manager, Forests, WWF Germany.

Forests are currently being destroyed at an unprecedented extent -- at an estimated rate of 7.6 million hectares of per year. Deforestation and degradation of forests also accelerate climate change, causing at least 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The sustainable use of landscapes and soils is a prerequisite for feeding a growing world population and important for water and energy supplies, the economy and trade, as well as for health, climate protection and biodiversity. Many restoration pledges have been made but how they should be implemented remains a big question.
The African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) was launched on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. AFR100 aims to initiate reforestation on 100 million hectares in African countries by 2030. However, implementation efforts require financial commitments at scale. The forest fund of the BMZ, which could be responsible for all forest projects of the German ministry, could help remedy this situation. WWF has been a partner of the AFR100 since November.

The Bonn Challenge aims to restore 150 million hectares by 2020 and an additional 200 million hectares of degraded land shall be restored by 2030. More than 40 countries have already pledged a total of 150 million hectares. However, how these pledges will be implemented on the ground remains to be seen.

To accelerate action, in addition to public funding, other sources must be leveraged, such as funding from the private sector and through investment funds.
The Global Landscapes Forum this year will include over 1,000 participants discussing strategies for sustainable land use. It aims to link climate change mitigation, forest conservation and restoration with the sustainable development agenda.
WWF will be present at the GLF German Pavilion and at the Inclusive Landscapes Finance Pavilion, with its two platforms: Landscape Finance Lab and the New Generation Plantations, and on the panel organized by KfW related to forest landscape restoration: Ambitious commitments and challenging practice – the role of financing.

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WWF's "Green Dialogue" in China promotes sustainable forestry

2017-12-13Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) BEIJING – WWF China is amping up efforts to promote the benefits of sustainable forestry and responsible consumer choices as part of its Green Me campaign, launched earlier this year. At an annual event in Beijing, called "Green Dialogue", WWF, partners and forest protectors from all walks of ife shared their stories about forests and how to build a sustainable future together. 

"If we want to achieve a more positive relationship between forests and people, we need everyone's attention and participation. Moreover, we need to take action first if we want others to do the same," says Huang Wenbin, Director of Forests at WWF-China. "Sustainable forest development is one of the best ways to strike a win-win balance between forest conservation and human's demand for development, and both consumers' selections and enterprises' responsible purchasing will greatly stimulate sustainable forest management."
Wang Xiaoping, Deputy Inspector of Beijing Landscaping Bureau, spoke at the meeting about urban forest planning in Beijing and shared the government's ideas and actions on forest sustainability. 
WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini awarded the "Forest Ambassador" award to actor Huang Bo, and WWF-China Chief Operating Officer Lu Lunyan awarded the "Forest Sustainable Trust Partner" certificate to various collaborators.

Rapid economic and social development is putting increased pressure on forests, yet simultaneously the call to halt deforestation and expand forests is also rising. The Green Me campaign aims to take action to achieve sustainable development and demonstrate a new path to forest conservation. The tagline of "Simple Choice, Great Changes" has not only promoted enterprises to look at their supply chains, but it has also encouraged the public to choose more sustainable forest products. More than 11 million people have participated in the Green Me campaign through online and offline channels to promote sustainable forest development.

So far, 13 companies, including Sun Paper, IKEA, UPM, Kimberly-Clark and Stora Enso have joined the China Sustainable Paper Alliance, which aims to promote the development of responsibly sourced paper products in China.

"When it comes to environmental protection, no one is an outsider," Wenbin says. "The China Sustainable Paper Alliance aims to involve more enterprises and individuals in the joint effort of sustainable forest development."

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New WWF report highlights the impact of recent fires in Portugal

2017-12-06Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Lisbon, 6 December - WWF and research institute Centro de Ecologia Aplicada (CEABN/ISA) today released a new report, Rural fires in Portugal: until when will the landscape burn?, which gives a picture of the recent fires in Portugal and presents a set of recommendations for governments, managers and forest owners to implement in the short and medium term.

The report shows that there has been a structural problem with regard to the forest and rural landscape in Portugal that has not been adequately addressed and resolved for decades. These problems include inadequate implementation of forestry and rural development policies to avoid depopulation and rural abandonment, as well irresponsible forest management at the landscape level. Combined with the impact of climate change, these issues have exacerbated forest fires in Portugal.

As a result, fires are not only a simple environmental problem but have become a national emergency, as evidenced by the tragic events of June and October, in which more than 100 people lost their lives. Rural fires are catastrophic, with very high economic and social costs, including the loss of human lives. It is estimated that losses from this year's fire alone exceeded 200 million Euros.

In line with WWF's global forest vision, which aims for a planet enriched by diverse and resilient forest landscapes benefitting people and contributing to mitigating the effects of climate change, the report presents a series of recommendations and actions to contribute to the sustainable development of forest and rural landscapes in Portugal, encouraging changes in behavior and influencing decisions. The report also highlights the need to address under-investment in prevention of fires.

"If these measures are not urgently taken, the Portuguese forest is condemned to a dark future: summers with wild fires so strong they will be impossible to control using traditional means of extinction, creating real national emergency situations that are costly economically, environmentally and socially, "says Rui Barreira, Forest Officer, WWF-Portugal.

For more information, contact:
Marta Barata - WWF Mediterrâneo - Portugal
Tel.: +351 917 114 651
Rui Barreira, WWF Mediterrâneo – Portugal
Tel.: +351 934 499 204

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Goal Exceeded: More than 60 million hectares of the Amazon protected

2017-12-01Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

The Program for Protected Areas of the Amazon (Programa Áreas Protegidas da Amazonia- ARPA), which is coordinated by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA in Portuguese), and executed in partnership with WWF-Brazil, WWF-US, and partners, celebrates fifteen years of operation in 2017 as the largest strategy on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests. The goal of protecting a network of conservation units (UCs-Unidades de Conservação) of at least 60 million hectares in the Amazon was reached. This effort represents the conservation of 15 per cent of the biome's territory in Brazil. Today, the ARPA programme is present in 117 Conservation Units, among the categories National Park (Parna), State Park, Ecological Station (Esec), Biological Reserve (Rebio), Extractive Reserve (Resex) and Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS) in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins. ARPA works closely with the local communities and invests in the creation, expansion, strengthening and maintenance of Conservation Units, by ensuring resources and promoting sustainable development in the region. Conservation units that are part of the programme benefit from goods, projects and service contracts, such as the establishment of councils, management plans, land surveys and inspection, as well as integration activities with resident communities (in the case of sustainable use Conservation Units) and their surrounding environment. Overall, the programme has supported the strengthening of communities in thirty protected areas. "The great challenge is to ensure that the units reach their conservation goals, in a participatory and transparent manner, which can be carried out through the support of resources from donations and from the government itself," states the Minister of Environment, Sarney Filho. The areas that are covered by the initiative represent more than 35 per cent of the Conservation Units in the Amazon and contribute directly to the conservation goals established by Brazil in international commitments, such as those undertaken in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in which the country proposes to protect 30 per cent of the Amazon by 2020 (equivalent to 126 million hectares). The programme also safeguards local biodiversity. From the total of protected units, 39 of them are home to more than 8,800 species, or 88 per cent of bird species, 68 per cent of mammal species and 55 per cent of reptile species of the entire Amazon. For Sarney Filho, the only alternative to minimize biodiversity losses is to protect conservation areas. "Since Brazil has the largest system of protected areas on the planet today, we hope to surpass the current results in the coming years, by consolidating ARPA's protected area management system, strengthening the value of the standing forest and the role of traditional peoples. We also have the challenge of soon being ready to take on investments in the management of the Conservation Units, according to the forecast of the programme's third phase goals, which are already in the works," he comments. PROTECTIONData from the Deforestation Monitoring System in the Legal Amazon (PRODES) indicate that the protected areas supported by ARPA have deforestation rates about 2.3 times lower than in similar Conservation Units that are not part of the programme. A study carried out by Professor Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho from UFMG- the Federal University of Minas Gerais, between 2005 and 2015, showed the [...]

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Over half of South America´s Pulp and Paper Production rated on WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index

2017-11-29Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Gland, Switzerland— WWF today presents the results of the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. The Index is published for the fifth time. Together, the EPCI 2017 participants from Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America disclose the environmental performance of 26% of the world´s tissue, 23% of the world´s graphic paper, 17% of the world´s newsprint, 9% of the world´s packaging and 15% of the world´s pulp. South America has taken a leadership role in participation this year with the disclosure of over 50% of the total volume of pulp and paper produced in the region. 

"The willingness by many companies to participate every two years in WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index, many for the third time, is an important signal that transparency is increasingly valued across the globe and that the EPCI is positively received as a voluntary mechanism to encourage this transparency" said Alistair Monument, Leader, WWF Forest Practice.  

WWF´s EPCI tracks how a company´s performance on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting changes over time. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company and shows a historical timeline since 2013. By doing so, the Index helps track companies' and also the sectors' journey towards sustainability. Find the results of all participating companies on 

"WWF´s EPCI is a valuable tool for companies to reflect on their operations," said Trevor Walter, WWF´s Pulp and Paper Southern Alliance Coordinator. "Given the scale and footprint of the industry in our region, it is heartening to see more South American companies participating in the EPCI than ever before, and we hope this will encourage further transparency in the sector." 33% of the pulp purchased globally comes from South America. Over half of all pulp and paper exports from the region go to China and the EU and demand as well as production continue to increase. 

"Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, with a potentially lower footprint than substitute materials if managed and produced responsibly. However, the sector's size and impacts are expanding", said Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF´s global lead on Sustainable Paper and Packaging. "This is why it is crucial for companies to demonstrate leadership in transparency and a commitment to continual improvement, reducing the sector´s forest, climate and water footprint." 

For further information: 
Huma Khan |  Communications Manager, Forest Practice |  WWF International: 
Helma Brandlmaier, WWF International,   Tel.:43676842728219 

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After the fires - a study tour in adaptation, Chile, November 21-25

2017-11-21Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) In January, Chile suffered the most catastrophic fires in its recorded history, which destroyed around 600,000 hectares of plantations, native forest, grasslands and agricultural land. The fire was so strong that entire communities were destroyed, including a town where more than 3,000 inhabitants lost their homes. 
In a study tour hosted by WWF's New Generation Plantations (NGP), Mininco, Arauco and WWF-Chile, participants will visit the region of Maule in central Chile, which suffered the greatest damage. Participants from around the world will learn and share insights and experiences as we seek to develop solutions for restoring landscapes, retrieve ecosystem services for local communities and strengthen their resilience.
It's clear that new approaches are needed. As we seek to restore the forests and landscapes destroyed by the fire, we need to rethink our approach to landscape design and management to reduce fire risk under the new climate paradigm. Replacing large contiguous areas of single-aged monoculture plantations with mosaics of different species and ages, interspersed with biodiversity corridors, restored areas of native vegetation and agricultural areas may help improve fire resistance. But this alone is not enough. More adaptive strategies with strong local community involvement are needed to enable rapid and effective responses to unpredictable events.
"We are aware that new fire scenarios need to incorporate a national perspective," says Camila Merino, Arauco's Vice President of Forestry. "Arauco needs to exercise leadership and adapt to these events, creating new solutions and collaborating with others. The DeRaíz programme, which involves 14 measures that are already being implemented and that address prevention, protection, reforestation and economic drive, is an opportunity to work not only on lessons learned but also on addressing controversies. We need a forestry sector that is more engaged with communities and society as a whole. We are convinced that this initiative will help us to achieve this."

Eduardo Hernández, Forestry Manager, CMPC, comments: "We have left behind the hardest wildfire season in the history of our country and our company. The catastrophe exceeded all expectations. We must learn the lessons from what happened. The challenge is huge, but every crisis is also an opportunity. We need to re-assess the best of the forest policy that has allowed Chile to occupy a privileged position as a world-class forestry producer, incorporating concepts and actions that enable plantations to be part of a general resilient landscape.  We trust that this NGP tour will contribute in an important way to sharing lessons and achieving this objective." 

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