FSC-certified fine arts to be displayed in Bolivia
Some 150 works, all made from parts of a Jequitiba hardwood tree (Cariniana estrellensis) — sustainably harvested and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) — will be on display in March at ExpoForest 2007, one of Bolivia’s largest trade fairs.
For Bolivian sculptress Cecilia Lampo, the Un Árbol Project opens a door to a more holistic environmental and artistic conscience.
“I am very excited about the idea of creating my art from this beautiful tree trunk,” she said. “It talks to me about the past and the present, and about building our future.”
WWF Bolivia’s One Tree initiative aims at increasing awareness within the country about good forest management and practices.
“Through the initiative, we want consumers to know that they have a choice,” said Jessica Moscoso on behalf of WWF Bolivia’s Forest Programme. “They can either choose to buy products from forests that were illegally cut down or from those being responsibly managed and/or certified.”
“For most Bolivians this is a relatively new concept. We hope consumers will choose wisely in favour of forest conservation.”
Bolivia was one of the first countries to initiate efforts promoting the conservation of its forests through sustainable management and FSC forest certification, a trend that began early in the 1990s and grew stronger following the passing of the country’s forestry law in 1995.
Today, Bolivia is a world leader in tropical forest certification, with over 2.2 million hectares of forests certified under FSC.
• Expoforest 2007 will be held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 21 to 24 March 2007.
• The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organization based in Bonn, Germany, providing standard setting, trademark assurance, and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. It was created in 1993 by environmental organizations such as WWF.
• WWF Bolivia’s Un Árbol (One Tree) initiative is supported by the Bolivia Forest and Trade Network, SIDA/WWF-Sweden, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Private University of Santa Cruz, the Bolivian Forestry Chamber, wood companies La Chonta and Cimal, the Bolivian Council for Voluntary Forest Certification, Smartwood/Rainforest Alliance, Aerosur, Expocruz, Sociales VIP, photographer Willy Kenning and others.
For further information:
Viviane von Oven, Communications Coordinator
Tel: +591 3 343 0609