Practical Information for Forests Managers | WWF

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Forest managers who wish to improve their practices and implement higher standards of forest management can benefit from the following tools and initiatives.

Initiatives supporting forest managers

The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)

The GFTN is a WWF initiative that aims to support forest certification and responsible wood sourcing by facilitating trade links between companies committed to achieving and supporting responsible forestry. It is an affiliation of national and regional Forest & Trade Networks (FTNs) active in over 15 timber producer and consumer nations in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Some of the benefits of GFTN membership for forest owners and managers include:
  • Information and technical assistance to improve forest management
  • Information and technical assistance to achieve credible and comprehensive certification through a Stepwise Approach
  • Market incentives for the pursuit of certification
  • Support of advocacy efforts for changes to legislation and law enforcement
  • Access to affordable, long-term financing

Learn more about the GFTN

Other initiatives

Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) 
TFT aims to 1) increase the area of FSC-certified forest in the tropics; 2) assist members to exclude illegal and other unwanted wood from their supply chains and to get wood from TFT supported projects into their products; and 3) raise awareness of the FSC.

SmartStep (Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Programme)
SmartStep is a Rainforest Alliance SmartWood programme to provide opportunities and incentives for forest management operations to pursue FSC certification. It is designed to help forest management operations with a clear path to achieve Forest Certification Council (FSC) certification while gaining access to potential market benefits before reaching certification.

The Tropical Forest Foundation 
The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests through sustainable forestry. TFF has become widely recognized for establishing demonstration models and training schools to show the advantages and teach the principles of sustainable forest management/ reduced-impact logging.

BVRIO Responsible Timber Exchange
BVRio Responsible Timber Exchange is a negotiations platform to promote the trading of timber products from legal and/or certified sources (ex., FSC™) creating transparency, efficiency, and liquidity to this market. The platform has an in-built risk assessment system to assist users in conducting the due diligence of each of the timber consignments traded.

Tools for Forest Managers

Reduced-Impact Logging (RIL) 
RIL is a set of management practices that support a more responsible, sustainably managed forest by harvesting in a way that minimizes damage to streams, wildlife, and non-harvest trees while providing an economic benefit to support the local people.   
FAO Code of Practice 
The FAO Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia Pacific provides guidelines that, if they are followed correctly, allow production forests to be harvested with minimal adverse impact on the forest environment. It is designed to balance commercial considerations with protection of environmental and social values.

Modular Implementation and Verification (MIV) Toolkit
The MIV Toolkit developed by Proforest is a tool for the application of forest management standards and certification. The toolkit contains a series of modules that a forest manager can address separately, to make stepwise progress to the level of performance required by the standard. Progress can also be verified and communicated module by module.

High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)
HCVF are forests of outstanding and critical importance due to their environmental, socio-economic, cultural, biodiversity and landscape value. Forest managers can carry out evaluations of their forest areas to determine if there are any HCVFs present to protect. HCVF assessment is a requirement of FSC certification and is increasingly demanded by customers, donors or investors. Learn more about HCVF and guidance.

Special Tools and Guidance for Smallholders

Smallholders is the term used to describe those who own, manage or use forests which are considered "small" in relation to others in their region, and those who apply low intensity harvesting practices to timber and/or non-timber forest products. Constraints on small forest enterprises that wish to certify their forest can include costs, compliance with standards, and access to information and advice. Group certification aims to overcome these problems by gathering a number of small forest areas under a single ‘group manager’ who acts as a source of information and is also able to organize the certification process which allows each individual group member to obtain the benefits.

FSC has some specific programmes for smallholders including: Find out more from FSC website for smallholders. 

Furthermore, the HCV resource network offers some monitoring tools for smallholders.