sustainable forest management
Forests cover 30% of the Earth's surface and contain much of the biological diversity found on land – they harbour over two-thirds of known terrestrial species, many of which are threatened. Forests play a crucial role in ensuring our continued existence. They provide critical environmental services - regulating water flow into our streams/ rivers and moderating climatic change. We also depend on forests to supply us with many essential items such as timber for all kinds of uses, non-timber forest products such as rattan and bamboo, wild fruits and medicinal plants. Many of the animals found in forests are of great importance to us.
The role of timber in the carbon economy needs to be recognised alongside its role as a resource. Expanding into new carbon economy markets and attracting long term investment is critical to the future of the timber industry. The world’s climate and its forests are intrinsically linked. Forests are an important component of the global carbon cycle, playing multiple roles in addressing climate change. This has been recognised by the International Panel on Climate Change in its 4th Assessment Report: “In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.”
At Greenwood International we strive to partner only with suppliers who are committed to sustained yield and responsible forestry practices. In order to communicate with the society showing our strong commitment towards the environmental presentation, we introduced our own green policy program (GPP). This program takes all the action to come to a well - balanced mixture of environmental and commercial interests. The latter can be checked through sales, profits and annual reports. Environmental interests are being checked through audits from a FSC® or PEFC™ accredited body such as SGS and Control Union. GPP contains the following keywords: communication, ambition, transparency and sustainability (CATS).
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