Forest Producers Join GFTN-Iberia to Protect Cork Oak Habitats



Posted on 17 November 2010  |  0 comments
APF Certifica Group Scheme, a group of forest producers committed to responsible forest management joined GFTN-Iberia, formalizing their pledge to responsibly manage Portugal’s cork oak forests. This commitment will play an important role in protecting these forests, which are home to endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and Iberian imperial eagle. Located in the central area of Portugal, where the biggest and densest cork oak forests are located, APF Certifica helps small producers achieve FSC group certification and provide better access to information and technical support.

The GFTN will help these forest owners identify high conservation values within their forests and develop management plans to maintain and enhance these values. By working with these small producers, the GFTN will increase the amount of credibly certified cork and consequently, preserve a important habitat in southern Europe.

“Cork oak forests are among some of the top biodiversity habitats in the Mediterranean and in Europe, while at the same time, providing the backbone of Portugal’s entire economy,” said Luis Neves de Silva, GFTN-Iberia Coordinator in Portugal. “We hope that by increasing Portugal’s certified cork supply, Portugal’s cork forests will be preserved.”

For more information, contact:
Luis Neves de Silva (lnsilva@wwfmedpo.org)
Portugal’s cork oak forests serve as home to endangered species like the Iberian lynx and imperial eagle.
© TANYA PETERSON / WWF-CANON

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