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GFTN-Iberia Holds First FSC Cork Business Meeting



Posted on 19 October 2012
Panelists at GFTN-Iberia's first FSC Cork Business Meeting.
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GFTN-Iberia held the first FSC Cork Business Meeting in September in Cáceres, Spain, bringing together more than 50 Portuguese and Spanish forest owners, distributors, public officials and members of the cork industry and wineries involved in FSC certification.

The cork sector is under threat, but the growth of the wine sector poses a unique opportunity for credibly certified cork, according to conclusions reached at the seminar. FSC certification and the use of the FSC logo can help create worldwide awareness about the importance of this ecosystem and, therefore, push for the increase of FSC-certified area in cork oak forests.

“One of the most important conclusions reached in the meeting was the need to get retailers involved in the use of FSC cork stoppers,” said Elena Dominguez, GFTN-Iberia Manager in Spain. “It is important that retailers take this step to preserve these threatened forests.”

“It is crucial for the survival of the cork sector that all stakeholders along the cork chain of value better communicate that when popping a bottle with an FSC cork stopper, we are contributing to the conservation of one of the richest ecological ecosystems in the world,” said Rui Barreira, GFTN-Iberia Manager in Portugal.
Panelists at GFTN-Iberia's first FSC Cork Business Meeting.
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Panelists at GFTN-Iberia's first FSC Cork Business Meeting.
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Panelists at GFTN-Iberia's first FSC Cork Business Meeting.
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