GFTN Newsletter - April 2014
HighlightsQ&A with The Magellan Group, Ltd.
New GFTN Participant The Magellan Group, Ltd. sources raw lumber and value added products across seven countries and three continents, with a long-standing commitment to Forest Stewardship Council certification.
Congo Basin | Social Impact of FSC Certification
A new study of Congo Basin logging concessions, conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and funded jointly by WWF and CIFOR, has found that forests FSC certified for their sustainable management provide more benefits to communities than uncertified forests.
North America | Responsible Wood Sourcing Online Course
First piloted at the 2013 National Wood Flooring Association Expo, GFTN-North America’s continuing education unit (CEU) for responsible wood sourcing serves as an innovative example of bringing new actors into the effort to mainstream responsible forest management and trade. The course is free and available online.
Vietnam | New Funding for Smallholder Development
The Forest Stewardship Council’s Smallholder Fund has awarded a grant of EUR 30,000 to the Quang Tri Smallholder Forest Certification Group to support training in forest management and business administration, as well as the development of improved conservation measures.
Japan | Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use Launches
In November 2013, WWF Japan and five consumer companies aiming to take progressive action for responsible paper use launched the Consortium for Sustainable Paper Use. The companies include Ajinomoto Co., Inc., JSR Corporation, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, Sony Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, as well as Response Ability, Inc., which serves as an advisor to the group.
Bolivia | Local communities work toward FSC certification
Working closely with the Bolivian Authority of Forests and Lands (ABT) under a Memorandum of Understanding, as well as with FSC Bolivia, GFTN-Bolivia has supported the efforts of four communities to gain or maintain FSC controlled wood certification.