FOREST: First FSC certified forest triggers interest and efforts
The first 1,200 hectares of FSC certified rattan forests in Laos benefit all stakeholders along the supply chain, not least the local communities that have gained an extra 30 percent income.
“All stakeholders are aware of the importance and need to sustain natural rattan resources if we want to continue producing rattan products in the future,” said Thibault Ledecq, WWF project coordinator in the Greater Mekong region. “About 80 percent of rattan on the global market comes from Indonesia, according to a recent trade flow analysis by WWF. After achieving great results in the Greater Mekong region we wanted to replicate this to Indonesia” he added.
Indonesia is now engaging in the restructure of their rattan industry. The government has banned the export of raw rattan and semi-finished rattan products. This means that rattan processing companies have an incentive to set up manufacturing facilities close to the resources.
With the support from IKEA, WWF aims to pilot and implement best practices of sustainable and legal rattan production on the island of Borneo (which is split between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei) using the lessons learned from earlier WWF projects.
The Greater Mekong spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern province of Yunnan in China, and contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats on our planet. Rattan is a palm relying on other vegetation to grow in the forest. Overharvesting and land conversion is causing a rapid decline of natural rattan. The rattan projects to support more sustainable practices in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam started 2007 with financial support from IKEA.
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