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WWF and IKEA are committed to making responsible forest management the norm across the forest sector.

By managing and protecting forests, tackling threats such as forest degradation, supporting laws that combat illegal trade in timber. Our aim is to ensure forests and the people that depend on them, have a healthy future.

Starting with five forest projects in 2002, we now have nine joint projects in fifteen different countries. These have helped improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to the certification of around 35 million hectares of responsibly managed forest.

Many challenges remain but together, WWF and IKEA are demonstrating how forest stewardship is good for forests, livelihoods and business.

Find out more in the partnership factsheet and the partnership forest report.

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Forest stories


In this case study, we  demonstrate successful approaches, challenges and lessons learned from WWF-IKEA partnership projects on the ground.
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A worker is checking the size and quality of rattan after it was split.
Rattan – a gift of the forest

The mighty pristine Annamites, a rugged mountain chain on the border of Viet Nam and Laos, harbors some of the world’s most threatened mammal species, several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. With its vast and diverse forest cover, it’s also an important carbon sink, and a vital source of income for the local people.
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FSC forest in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam
Seeding impact where it matters: sustainable landscape investment in the Central Annamites, Vietnam

In partnership with IKEA, which commits to source all its timber from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or recycled sources, WWF has been supporting sma​llholders in Vietnam to improve the way they manage their plantations and to achieve FSC certification. By organizing together as a cooperative, smallholders manage to achieve FSC group certification, and are able to sell timber to a furniture manufacturer that in turn supplies IKEA. As a cooperative, the group can negotiate better terms, access finance that allows them to grow their trees for longer, cultivate better quality seedlings and follow good environmental practices. In addition, the FSC standard sets down requirements for operational practices in acacia plantations to ensure there is no clear-cut harvesting and burning of vegetation.​
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AI technology (C) Anatoly Kabanets WWF-Russia
Cutting-edge forest monitoring technology leads the way to smarter forest management in Russia

New artificial intelligence (AI) monitoring technology in Russia, supported by the WWF and IKEA forest partnership, detects logging operations in high-conservation value (HCV) forests, natural habitats of outstanding significance or critical importance, in a matter of minutes. A first for Russia, the technology will help tackle illegal logging and monitor forest cover loss, which reached 3.69 million hectares in 2019 alone.
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Lila Ditra Poudel stands among cardamom plants_Nepal Karine Aigner_WWFUS
New Report: Sustainable Business Using the Landscape Approach

Sustainable Business Using the Landscape Approach makes a case for the private sector to adopt landscape approaches to sustainably strengthen and increase cost effectiveness within their supply chains. Many company leaders now acknowledge that sustainability is not only good for the planet, but also good for their bottom line. Adopting a landscape approach as many companies have chosen to do is an attractive entry point into the circular economy and can both help address environmental concerns while still maintaining company profitability. The report is funded by IKEA as part of the forest programme within the WWF and IKEA partnership.
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Women cross a river on their way to work in Bardia, Nepal.
WWF report puts spotlight on ’Unseen Foresters’, calls for greater recognition of communities’ role in sustainable forest management

Undertaken by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) ”Unseen Foresters”: an assessment of approaches for wider recognition and spread of sustainable forest management by local communities” investigates innovative, tested approaches and means of verification that could help recognise, strengthen and spread sustainable forest management, in particular in tropical countries within the huge collective or individual smaller-scale forest users. The study looks at the world from the point of view of the forest managers amongst indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC´s), and assesses how both landscape governance and supply chain approaches work and how successful they are in achieving WWF´s global forests goals. Read more here

Vietnam_ James Morgan_WWF
Community leaders in Central Vietnam pioneer a sustainable forestry model

What started as a gathering of small forest plantation owners in Central Vietnam has grown into a model of sustainable forestry that the Deputy Prime Minister recently recommended to be replicated nationwide — a notable achievement thanks to a collaboration between the provincial government, Vietnamese smallholders, WWF and IKEA. This successful forestry model is benefiting local livelihoods while protecting forests and bringing more sustainable products into the global marketplace, an example of what is possible when a global company, an NGO and smallholders work together.
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Dawn in Manu Learning Center, Rio Alto Madre de Dios , July 16 ,
We welcome you on a virtual tour to discover life and sounds from the Peruvian Amazon

Thousands of amazing species live in sustainably managed forests in the Tahuamanu Province of the Madre de Dios region in the Peruvian Amazon. The majority of the forests in this region are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which assures the wildlife and habitats in those forests are being safeguarded. Cameras and sound recorders were installed to monitor and study its thriving wildlife.
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Blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna); Madre de Dios, Peru

Listening to the Forest
From birdsongs to the calls of frogs, the buzzing of billions of insects or the cries of monkeys, the sounds of tropical forests make up a rich symphony. But does logging cause a discord, or is it possible to harvest timber while preserving this harmony?
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Forest management Romania_James Morgan
Continuity and perseverance for impact in the Green heart of Europe

In the Danube-Carpathian Region, sometimes referred to as the Green Heart of Europe, the partnership between WWF and IKEA works to promote responsible and sustainable forest management practices; climate-resilient forests; and biodiversity rich forest landscapes to provide a full range of ecosystem services and goods for the well-being of local communities. Originally focused just in Romania, our cooperation in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region now stretches across 4 countries.
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FSC audit at JSC (с) WWF-Russia
First FSC-certified forest in the Russian Caucasus paves way for sustainable forest management

An important milestone for the sustainable forest management of beech tree forest has been achieved in the Russian Caucasus as the largest forest leaseholder of Adygea forests, JSC Forest, has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The procedure was implemented in the framework of the WWF-IKEA Partnership and initiated by IKEA with support of WWF-Russia. The Russian Caucasus is the only territory in Russia with beech tree forest.
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Dvina-Pinega Landscape Reserve
New landscape reserve established in Russian Arkhangelsk region after 17 years of advocacy

A new landscape reserve has been established in the Russian Arkhangelsk region after 17 years of advocacy by WWF-Russia and other environmental NGO´s, with financial support from corporate partners such as IKEA . The secured area will protect 300 000 hectares of rapidly disappearing Northern taiga, the last large array of intact forests in Europe.
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(c) WWF-Russia, Mikhail Klimenko_Planting of Buxus colchica seedlings in the greenhouse on the opening day – 6
Saving a 20 million-year-old tree from extinction

A pest introduced before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia almost obliterated the ancient Buxus colchica tree – but efforts to bring it back are growing. The Buxus colchica is one of the few tree species in the world to survive the Ice Age without any changes. A rare tree species, the Buxus colchica grew in forests across Eurasia and had remained unchanged for 20 million years. The trees are part of boxwood forests, a distinctive feature of the Caucasus mountain range that was still forming around the time the Buxus colchica tree first appeared.
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Jaguar in a tree, Brazil
Responsible forest management in the Peruvian Amazon can help preserve wildlife

Low-impact logging practices in commercial tropical forests can contribute to wildlife protection and complement protected areas to provide habitat for many species in the Amazon, according to new research published in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. The research, conducted in Tahuamanu Province, Madre de Dios region in Peru, evaluated the impact of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forest management on biodiversity. The findings reveal that FSC-certified concessions have a greater richness of species such as amphibians, insects and monkeys than non-FSC certified logging concessions, and that the make-up of species in FSC-certified sites is more similar to undisturbed forest areas than non-certified logging sites.
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Mac Stone_WWF US
The Timber Scorecard 2019

The 2019 Timber Scorecard – the last in a three-part series – assesses businesses on their timber product sourcing policies and performance and assigns each a score from 0 Trees (no/limited evidence of policies in place) to 3 Trees (performing well against procurement policies). In doing so, the Scorecard aims to stimulate further transparency, inform consumers and support national and international commitments in the procurement of sustainably sourced timber products.
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Paeonia Kavachensis
Russian Caucasus to protect biodiversity during logging operations

The WWF and IKEA partnership has contributed to the development of regulations aimed at protecting biodiversity in one of Russia’s biodiversity-rich regions, Caucasus. Currently IKEA does not source wood from the region, however, they are committed to contributing to a greater good that goes beyond the company’s own needs. Regulation is a critical element for responsible forest management and the FSC certification in turn makes the wood sourced from Caucasus more competitive and attractive to buyers, similar to IKEA.
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Ukrainian primeval forests to be protected as “nature monuments”
Ukrainian primeval forests to be protected as “nature monuments”

WWF welcomes the decision of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources to approve a methodology for the identification and conservation of primeval, old-growth, and natural forests. In recent years, WWF in Ukraine with the support of IKEA, DEG and the Succow Foundation — have completed extensive work for the preliminary identification of virgin and old growth forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

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IKEA focuses on sustainable designs and recyclable materials

Ikea sharpens focus on renewable and recyclable materials that will contribute to a circular society. New design ideas will make it possible to repair, reuse and reassemble IKEA products – giving them a longer life and endowing them with an elevated emotional value for customers.

Smallholders — our best hope for sustainability
Smallholders — our best hope for sustainability

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest exporters of wood and wood products. Overall exports in 2016 were valued at nearly $7 billion. Yet its forests, ravaged by war and degraded by logging and land clearance, contain almost no untouched primary forest and the country imports a significant amount of timber, some still from unsustainable sources that drive deforestation in neighbouring countries. A joint venture with home furnishing giant and WWF corporate partner, IKEA, SBARP promotes responsible production by small-scale producers across Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia, supports government forest restoration plans and helps the private sector meet legal requirements.

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Marrying commerce and conservation in the Carpathians
Marrying commerce and conservation in the Carpathians

In Europe, we often look to the great tropical rainforests of the world for beauty, inspiration and diversity. Yet on our doorstep there is still natural heritage beyond compare. Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC) and World Heritage recognition are both critical in the fight for Europe’s ancient beech forests. Protecting this heritage is as much a socio-economic and cultural endeavour as it is a scientific one, requiring a marriage of commerce and conservation. And this is precisely the approach that WWF has pursued for more than a decade in partnership with local communities, business and government, IKEA included.

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New partnership project - responsible rubber plantations for smallholders in Thailand
New partnership project – responsible rubber plantations for smallholders in Thailand

WWF and IKEA are starting a new project in Thailand to identify opportunities for smallholders to manage responsible rubber plantations and harvest wood from rubber trees. Once successful approaches are established, the partnership will support stronger legislation and improved certification criteria that help smallholders.

Skövling av akacia i Vietnam
Short film: Together Possible Collaboration for responsible smallholder production of Acacia

IKEA, FSC and WWF cooperate with smallholder farmers growing to ensure that Acacia is grown in a way that is better for the environment and for the local communities. Together we contribute successfully to forest community development and promise a more sustainable future for our forests.

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Höstskog i Ryssland
In Russia’s wild forests a good map helps everyone see the wood for the trees

Recognising we can’t protect or manage what we don’t know, a decade ago, WWF and IKEA set out to map High Conservation Value (HCV) forest in Russia. The result is a powerful digital tool that reveals forest values and helps reconcile competing needs for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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New IKEA forestry standard raises sustainability baseline

IKEA’s expanded IWAY Forestry Standard now covers bamboo, rattan and paper, adding almost 5m m3 RWE to its scope, and demonstrating the power of partnership.

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Piatra Craiului National Park, Rumänien
IKEA and WWF – together we make a difference!

“IKEA and WWF share objectives on the sustainable use of natural resources. With deep expertise in forests, cotton and water – all important raw materials for IKEA – WWF is a natural partner on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive and delivering on our ambitious sustainability goals.”

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager,
IKEA Range & Supply

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Behind the flatpack – how IKEA is helping protect virgin forest in Romania

Strong, light, flexible, attractive and renewable – wood is the ultimate raw material. No one knows this better than global home furnishings giant IKEA. One of the biggest users of timber in the retail sector, a full two thirds of the company’s product sales contain wood. And yet while we all enjoy the affordable Scandinavian style IKEA brings to our homes, we perhaps don’t often stop to think about what’s behind the innovative design and the flatpack.

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Lastbil med akacia
Vietnamese smallholders help end deforestation

In the foothills of Vietnam’s Annamite mountains, hundreds of small forest owners are joining forces to produce sustainable acacia used in furniture around the world. With much of the country’s plantations owned by individuals, expanding the approach may be the best chance for saving forests in the Greater Mekong

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The tree canopy, beech forest, Maramures Romania.
Chainsaws & Tree Huggers in the Land of Fairy Tales

How WWF and IKEA are marrying commerce and conservation in Maramureș, Romania, and helping protect some of Europe’s last remaining old growth Forests.

Photographs by iLCP Fellow James Morgan, words by Justin Woolford for WWF.
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Rattan – an alternative source of income for smallholders in Laos

Rattan is a palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Its many uses include furniture-making, handicrafts and building. A naturally renewable non-timber forest product (NTFP) that’s relatively easy to harvest, it can help alleviate pressure on natural forests by providing local communities with an alternative source of income.
However, over-harvesting and land conversion are causing a rapid decline of natural rattan.

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Bambuskog i Kina
Smallholders in China See Fruits of Certification

”The forest was left to us by our ancestors. We should take good care of it. Only when we look after it can it look after us.” Ye Linchang is a forest ranger near Shufang Town, in Northern Fujiang Province. He’s seen first-hand the difference FSC certification can make in people’s lives. When the Longtai Company took over the contract for the local bamboo forests in 2013, lives changed. Longtai is a supplier for IKEA and has to match up to the Swedish giant’s rigorous requirements – one of which is, wherever possible, FSC certification. With the support of WWF and Chinese government agencies, Longtai worked with local producers to help them improve their operations and meet the standard.

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World’s largest print run now carries FSC label

IKEA’s 2015 catalogue, which reaches over 200 million people worldwide, is the largest print production ever to be fully FSC certified involving the coordination of printing 67 editions in 32 languages, and the use of more than 100,000 tonnes of FSC Mix Credit certified paper.

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Taking FSC to the next level
Taking FSC to the next level

WWF and IKEA have been partners since 2002, with forests the heart of our work together. WWF and IKEA strongly support FSC but they also stress that the General Assembly must take a close look at FSC’s priorities. Where can FSC have the biggest impact on forests and people and how can it become even more efficient?

Stoltillverkning på IKEA
Seeing the woods for the trees

Spanning more than a decade the WWF and IKEA partnership has transformed the forestry sector by expanding the market for more sustainable products.

Press releases

WWF urges companies to ban wood sourcing from salvage logging in Russia

Forests Forward

As deforestation and forest degradation continue at an alarming rate and action on zero-deforestation and conversion lags behind, WWF has launched Forests Forward, a new platform that engages companies, communities and organizations across sectors to accelerate positive change in critical landscapes.
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Forests Forward by WWF – WWF: together possible – Exposure
IKEA of Sweden AB · Forests Forward – explorer.land

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Renewed IKEA and WWF partnership to accelerate action to enhance biodiversity

For nearly 20 years WWF and Inter IKEA Group have partnered to drive positive environmental impact within different industries, and today a renewed term of partnership until 2025 is announced. The partnership reaffirms the commitment to protect, manage and restore key landscapes, and enable a nature and climate positive value chain to also uphold the rights and needs of people.
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