A new member joins WWF’s GFTN -- the Bolivia Forest and Trade Network (FTN) | WWF

A new member joins WWF’s GFTN -- the Bolivia Forest and Trade Network (FTN)



Posted on 27 April 2007
Speech of WWF Bolivia's Country Representative, Mr. Roger Landivar.
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia, April 25th, 2007 - The Bolivia Forest and Trade Network (FTN) was recently established in the world’s capital for forest certification, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, as an initiative of WWF Bolivia, the conservation organization.

The goal is to link the Bolivian FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified supply, or in process of certification, with the responsible demand of international participant companies from one of the 30 Forest and Trade Networks (FTNs) worldwide, proving and enhancing the market opportunity that exists for certified FSC wood from Bolivian companies. The final objective of the Bolivia FTN is to promote responsible forest trade and consequently, the conservation and sustainable development of Bolivia’s forests.

The recent creation of the Bolivian FTN marks the beginning of an initiative that will facilitate market links for FSC certified products with interested buyers. The first steps of this initiative occurred during the 2007 Expoforest exhibit and trade fair, where the First Commercial Buyers’ Mission took place, jointly organized by WWF and the FTN, together with the Bolivian Forestry Chamber. FTN members from Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and China participated.

To date, the following companies have joined the Bolivia FTN: La Chonta Woods, SumaPacha, Ecolegno, Jolyka, Mabet Etienne, Multiagro, Anatina Toys. And, the following companies are in the process of becoming members: Aserradero San Luis, Cimal IMR, Taller Hermanos Guasase, Taller Artesanal Bolivia and Sol Wood.

The Vice Minister for Trade and Export, Mr. Pablo E. Rabczuk Ruiz, was also a guest at the launching of the Bolivia FTN and expressed his support to this initiative as well as to sound forest management.

Background:

The companies that form part of the Bolivia FTN are committed to sustainable forest management by purchasing and selling of wood from forests that are under management and / or certified.

How does WWF Bolivia’s Forestry Program work?
WWF Bolivia’s Forestry Program promotes the strengthening of capacities within indigenous communities regarding forest management and also their integration into the national and international market. This, in turn, promotes responsible forest trade by creating a preferential demand for legal wood from well managed forests. One of its components is:

- Responsible Forest Trade: WWF´s Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN) promotes the adopting of policies for Responsible Purchase of Forest Products and links to the markets as strategies to contribute in reducing illegal logging and trade yet at the same time promoting mechanisms that guarantee the sustainability of forests worldwide.

How does WWF’s Responsible Forest Trade component work?

In the international market: Linking the certified Bolivian offer or in process of FSC certification with the responsible demand of companies abroad (30 countries all over the world), through the participation of Bolivian companies that offer forest products within the Bolivia FTN.

What is the role of the Bolivia FTN?
Just like the other FTNs in countries that are members of the GFTN, the Bolivia FTN facilitates contact between: Bolivian certified producers and / or those in process of certification, forestry companies along the entire productive chain, producers and forest managers, primary and secondary transformation companies, distributors, retailers and others with consumers, distributors, retailers and / or large international buyers committed with increasing the responsible use of resources and forestry products that have adopted Responsible Purchase Policies and are members of the GFTN.

What is the GFTN?
The GFTN is a WWF led association established between important NGOs and approximately 400 companies and communities whose commitment is to show leadership and better practices in management and responsible forest trade. The participants represent a wide array of actors that include forest owners, wood processors, importers, construction companies, retailers and investors are organized under national and regional Forest and Trade Networks that work in approximately 30 producer and consumer countries in Europe; America; Africa and Asia.

Since the creation of the first FTN in the United Kingdom in 1991, the participants from the GFTN as a whole have generated a demand that has created a new type of world market: the market of environmentally responsible forest products.
Speech of WWF Bolivia's Country Representative, Mr. Roger Landivar.
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Bolivia FTN participants along with WWF Bolivia staff and the Vice Minister Rabczuk.
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