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WWF signs agreement with IDH to promote FSC in Congo Basin

Posted on 09 August 2012
Tropical Rainforest, western Congo Basin,Gabon.
© WWF / Martin Harvey
WWF has signed an agreement with IDH and FORM to promote FSC certification and responsible forest management in the Congo Basin.

WWF, through GFTN, will advise IDH’s Congo Basin Programme (CBP) on promoting FSC and public-private partnerships in the region. In addition, GFTN will help identify service providers in the programme and assist CBP in monitoring progress in the region.

The organizations will collaborate on creating an enabling environment for FSC certification in the region, such as supporting finalization of the regional/national FSC standards and strengthening governance.

GFTN has been operating in Central Africa since 2003 and currently has operations in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo. GFTN supports and guides logging companies that understand how responsible logging practices and trade can lead to important advantages in the international market. It has played an important role in promoting FSC certification in the region, ensuring that credible certification systems are established and endorsed, facilitating access to markets where logging companies can sell their goods, and providing technical support to achieve certification.

The Congo Basin Programme (CBP) is a large-scale public-private partnership aiming to increase the responsible production and trade of tropical timber. It is part of the Tropical Timber Programme of The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and assists and guides concession holders in the process to achieve FSC certification and better market position through co-funding of a number of relevant services. CBP aims at four million hectares of additional certified natural forest in the Congo Basin.

FORM International is a Dutch consultancy specializing in sustainable forest management. It coordinates IDH’s Congo Basin Programme.

Tropical Rainforest, western Congo Basin,Gabon.
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