Pulp is the base for a lot of products we use every day, such as napkins and paper. Pulp typically comes from natural fibers that are in trees. But purpose-grown and agricultural residue feedstocks – such as bamboo, kenaf and wheat straw—are being explored as alternatives to such fibers.
The future of the world’s forests depends greatly on the actions of US companies. They have tremendous purchasing power to support responsible forestry and trade globally, as well as to eliminate the market for unsustainable and illegal wood. Read this publication to learn more about how WWF and US companies are collaborating to save the world’s forests.
The study, the first of its kind, conducted by CIFOR and jointly funded by WWF and CIFOR, utilizes a robust methodology to compare nine FSC certified and nine noncertified forest management units across Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, to assess whether certification yields social benefits above and beyond noncertified FMUs. Overall, the study firmly and consistently confirms that FSC certification has indeed yielded additional social benefit in the Congo Basin.
Indonesia is one of the major exporters of timber products in the world. It is also one of the key countries with serious illegal logging and deforestation issues. Indonesia developed a timber legality certification system to address this problem. This 2014 report includes an assessment of that system and all of the certificates that had been issued under it at the time of the study.
Among Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, renewable resources and wildlife are highly traded. Where resources are poorly managed, demand in TPP markets drives depletion and illegal activities. In these cases, the economic benefits of trade are loast and cheaper products undermine profits and threaten jobs in countries where resources are legitimately harvested and well-managed.
Conservation provisions are needed in the TPP to protect the world's natural resources, including the seafood and wood products needed for global businesses and consumers for generations to come.
Synthesizing over 10 years of on-the-ground field observations into an eye-opening report, WWF's Illegal Logging in the Russian Far East: Global Demand and Taiga Destruction highlights a sobering reality: Russia’s forest sector has become deeply criminalized, with poor law enforcement, allowing illegal loggers to plunder valuable timber stocks of oak, ash, elm, and linden with impunity.
The lush rain forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra suffer from what may be the world’s fastest deforestation rate, threatening the survival of species and causing massive carbon emissions. WWF found that two brands sold in the United States—Paseo and Livi—are made with paper from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), which is responsible for more forest destruction in Sumatra than any other single company.