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Community forest certification and stakeholders cooperation: An inclusive approach to enhance community capacity while meeting market demand on sustainably-certified products

XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022










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    The green pathway to growth and sustainability: Sustainable management of rubber plantations
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    Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) is the largest natural rubber producer, with over 410,000 ha located in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. VRG is always aware of the responsibility for a sustainable enterprise; VRG’s efforts demonstrate an excellent example in promoting rubber sustainability.
    VRG is the leading enterprise in implementing the Viet Nam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS) and PEFC certificates in the rubber sector. In 2021, about 55,000 ha rubber plantations and 22 natural rubber processing factories were certified under the VFCS/PEFC standards; another 57,000 ha and 14 natural rubber processing factories will be certified by the end of 2021 and 300,000 ha certified by 2022.
    In economic terms, VRG rubber plantations have an average yield of 1.56 ton/ha/year, which is much higher than the global average yield, through the focusing on R&D and innovative solutions, especially: new high yielding rubber clones; advanced techniques in harvesting and soil protection; intercropping and Integrated Disease Management.
    VRG pays attention to environmental values by applying the best practices to reduce significant carbon emissions: increasing the use of organic fertilizers; installing solar power systems for rubber factories; developing new processing process to reduce 40% of electric usage and DO oil; using biological waste treatment; and reusing 1.5 million m3/year (25% of total water usage) of treated wastewater.
    VRG demonstrates the social responsibilities and has meaningful contributions to society by improving the living conditions of VRG workers and surrounding communities (infrastructure and health care facility improvement; job and income creation).
    VRG strongly considers sustainable development as the green pathway of the future and business growth; VRG looks forward to sharing the best practices and the importance of industry sustainability leadership. Keywords: Sustainable forest management, Agriculture, Deforestation and forest degradation ID: 3486754
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    Possibility of local wood from a global perspective the environmental performance on wooden main stadium of Tokyo 2020
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Timber is a renewable and sustainable material which potentially plays a leading role in the development of a sustainable society. This is the rationale behind Japan passing the Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in Buildings, etc. to Contribute to the Realization of a Decarbonized Society in 2021. To promote timber utilization, the forestry and timber business sectors should cooperate with green consumers. However, there are several challenges to address before such a cooperation can be achieved: illegal logging, vulnerable forest management, and related trade. FSC and PEFC have made substantial contributions by developing forest management schemes with supply chain certification. However, voluntary certification schemes have a cost bottleneck to become mainstream in the global timber supply chain. The Woodmiles Forum, a Japanese private organization, argued that locality is an important factor in eliminating environmental risks. Firstly, it reduces the environmental impact of CO2 emissions from the transportation process, which accounts for half the carbon footprint. Secondly, it reduces the cost of transporting long-distance environmental information, such as forest and legality certification. Taking advantage of this accumulation, the Forum evaluated the new national stadium, which was the main venue for Tokyo 2020. The stadium is built of regional local timber from all over Japan. We compared the results of this evaluation with the evaluation of the facilities in London 2012. The environmental significance of regional timber is that the transparency of the supply chain can be easily ensured. Additionally, the environmental load of the timber transportation process is small, and this is the focus of this study. Keywords: Local Wood, Woodmiles, Tokyo 2020, Circular Economy, Climate Change ID:3486248
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    Pushing boundaries advancing sustainability: The case of MTCS
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
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    2019 marks an important milestone for the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). MTCC celebrated its 20th anniversary with the tagline: “Pushing Boundaries Advancing Sustainability” that encapsulates the tremendous undertaking of the MTCC over the last two decades and also sets the tone for its future endeavour in implementing the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). MTCC achieved a significant milestone when the MTCS became the first tropical forest scheme in the Asia Pacific to be endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in 2009 and remains the largest contributor to the certified tropical forest areas in the Asia Pacific region.

    This paper highlights the journey and efforts taken by MTCC in overcoming the challenges throughout the initial development and implementation phases as well as the fundamental support needed to advance the sustainability agenda. In the process, it has contributed significantly to the green pathway to growth and sustainability in Malaysia promoting the implementation of sustainable forest management and provision of sustainable timber and timber products for both the domestic and international markets. Keyword: Sustainable forest management ID: 3486703

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