Municipality of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, will adopt policy for responsible purchase of forest products
A policy for responsible purchases consists of an institutional declaration establishing the structure upon which to build and promote a culture regarding responsible purchases of forest products through the progressive increase of responsible wood consumption obtained from different supply sources.
“Any responsible forest products consumer (retailer, importer, furniture manufacturer, public administration, construction company, among others) should make sure that the consumption of wood doesn’t generate a negative impact upon the forests”, explained Adolfo Moreno, WWF Bolivia’s Conservation Director. “Thus, the adoption of a policy for responsible purchases of forest products on behalf of the municipal government is an essential first step that shows a social and environmental commitment”.
On the other hand, the Agreement signed includes the naming and self-recognition of Santa Cruz de la Sierra as the “World Capital for Certified Native Tropical Forests”, and the designation of a public area (the Isuto Channel Walkway between the 3rd and 4th ring within the city, a relatively highly populated area, close to schools, the city Zoo and other important public places) in which Bolivia’s leadership in terms of forest certification will be symbolically represented, a joint effort of WWF Bolivia – with Swedish Gotlands’ funding – and the Municipality. The inauguration of this public area also celebrates the commitment that has been assumed on behalf of the municipal government.
The signing of this agreement seeks to also increase the public’s awareness regarding the value of forests as well as support their sustainable use through the promotion of responsible purchasing policies for forest products.
- Bolivia is the world leader in terms of certified native tropical forests with more than 2 million hectares of certified forests.
- Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the capital of the Department of Santa Cruz, the main forest producing area in the country and where the majority of Bolivia’s certified forests are located (1,150,186 hectares).
- The city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra has over 1.2 million inhabitants and where most of the commercial forestry and natural resources activities are carried out in the country.
- WWF Sweden - with ASDI funding - has been supporting WWF Bolivia for more than six years focusing mainly in supporting community forestry in the LAC region as well as promoting sound management of natural resources in Bolivia (Iténez region). Through our joint work, we are now strengthening some Community Forestry Enterprises as well as promoting the adoption of Responsible Purchase Policies on behalf of public and private institutions and companies. With the financial support of WWF Sweden, WWF Bolivia is approaching public and private institutions, as well as companies, and inviting them to adopt their own Policies for Responsible Purchases.
Viviane von Oven, Communications Coordinator