Arborvitae, the WWF/IUCN Forest Conservation Newsletter, issue 33, focus on Forests and Trade
This means that the laws and institutions that help shape these markets are now not only relevant to trade specialists but also of concern to all those interested in the sustainable management and conservation of the world’s forests. In this respect, it is encouraging to note that in some cases the public sector (particularly government aid agencies) is kick-starting the private sector to address forest conservation and sustainability issues, by funding various responsible forest trade-related initiatives.
This issue of arborvitæ takes a wide-angle look at the current trends in forest trade, from international to domestic, from timber to non-timber and from large scale to small, and at the impacts of these trends on forest conservation worldwide. We look at long-standing challenges, such as the bushmeat trade, and new opportunities, such as biodiversity offsets that have the potential to pay for the costs of forest ‘set-asides’ and tourism-based revenues for protected areas. We also highlight some interesting initiatives that aim to better connect forest-dependent people with markets while at the same time ensuring sustainable management and conservation of these resources.
The bottom line is that sustainable forest management and conservation efforts will need to reckon with strong and growing market forces and should use these forces, wherever possible, to ensure that forests are valued enough to maintain their livelihood functions as well as their biological values.
- News from around the world: Bolivia’s Expoforest 2007, plus news in brief
- News: protected areas: The tourist trade and protected areas plus news in brief
- International initiatives: UNCTAD’s BioTrade; CITES and timber species
- The bushmeat trade
- Biodiversity offsets
- Feature: The changing face of forest industry and trade
- Making forest trade work for forest people
- WWF focus: Financing responsible forest management
- IUCN focus: The poor and local markets