2013 Legality Training Seminars in Indonesia
2013 Legality Training Seminars
7 November – Surabaya
31 October – Ho Chi Minh City
1 November – Ho Chi Minh City
15 October – Huzhou, Zhejiang Province
17 October – Pizhou, Jiangsu Province
9 October – St. Petersburg, Russia
On November 7, 2013, a Legality and Training Workshop was held in Surabaya, Indonesia. The fifty participants included twenty seven companies, twelve nongovernment organizations, four associations and seven government agencies. The companies included both forest producers and timber product manufacturers (three of which were suppliers to international furniture company IKEA).
“We want to help Greater Mekong countries: a) strengthen their forestry sectors as a source of social, environmental and economic benefits, and b) integrate forestry into a consistent policy framework with other land-use sectors (i.e. the landscape approach).
The responsible forestry and trade approach (reducing illegality, improving forest management, controlling wood sourcing) offers a vehicle for achieving both of these goals. Its relevance to strengthening production forestry and forest-based industry is obvious. Its relevance to the landscape approach is less direct, but still important. Well-managed forests are vital for maintaining key ecosystem services and processes in commodity production landscapes.
We’re optimistic that this approach will bear fruit, because we see increasing recognition and acceptance of the need to reverse forest decline and put forestry sectors on a more sustainable footing. New consumer market measures, the prospect of increased competition under free trade deals, better information on the extent of forest loss and illegality, more vocal civil societies, etc. are all forcing countries to pay more attention to forest governance and management.
The challenges are still formidable, however. External requirements are a strong motivating force for countries such as Laos, but corruption, political inertia, weak institutions, poor development of human resources and other internal constraints limit the potential rate of change. Strategic investments in capacity building, technical assistance, information exchange and facilitated multi-stakeholder processes are needed to help committed stakeholders build coalitions and press for change from within.”
-Dr. Matthew Markopoulos, Forest Coordinator, WWF-Greater Mekong