A new WWF report explains the business and economic case for sourcing timber that is from responsibly managed forests. The report explains how committing to 100 percent responsibly managed timber would help the global economy, as well as the economy of the United Kingdom more specifically.
This report identifies 11 regions that will account for more than 80 percent of projected deforestation between 2010 and 2030. If nothing is done, we could lost up to 656,000 square miles of forests (an area more than twice the size of Texas). The report brings together the latest data and expert opinion to identify the regions and the likely causes of deforestation in each place.
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.
Many forest concessions in the tropics can contain over 100 different tree species, but their characteristics are simply not known and there is lack of knowledge about their uses and purposes.
The Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species, produced by WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network, helps fill this gap by providing more information on these valuable but often overlooked lesser known timber species. The guide provides details on more than 50 possible alternative species and their end uses, as well as information on GFTN participants supplying those species.
WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and business about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century.
Chapter Four of WWF's Living Planet Report explores how we can meet future demand for wood products within the finite resources of one planet.