WAZA Commits to Responsible Forest Management

Date: 2018/10/24


WAZA announces partnership with Forest Stewardship Council


The sustainable use of forests was the focus of an agreement signed today between the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) at the 73rd WAZA Annual Conference in Bangkok.


The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WAZA and the FSC aims to develop a global framework of collaboration between the two organisations to promote responsible forest management as an important tool for the conservation of nature and endangered species.


"Zoos and aquariums are at the forefront of tackling global environmental issues and we receive over 700 million visitors each year. As such, we can play an important role in working with the Forest Stewardship Council to help ensure forests are responsibly managed and protected for future generations," said WAZA's Chief Executive Officer, Doug Cress.


WAZA will collaborate with FSC to develop a joint programme that emphasises the benefits of FSC certification for nature conservation. In addition, the MoU sets clear targets for WAZA members to source FSC certified materials in their procurement of paper and wooden products by 2023.


"The Forest Stewardship Council welcomes WAZA's decision to work with us to communicate the environmental benefits of FSC certification, and to prefer FSC certified materials in the sourcing of paper and wooden products. It is only through collaboration with as many stakeholders as possible, that we will become stronger in accomplishing our mission to protect our world's forests and in turn the environment. FSC looks forward to working with WAZA to achieve these goals," FSC's Director General, Kim Carstensen, said.


The MoU seeks to commit at least half of WAZA's global membership to develop a policy by 2020 expressing a clear preference for FSC in their procurement of paper and wooden products, and to source at least 70% FSC certified materials in their procurement of paper and wooden products by 2023. FSC will commit to increase the global area of FSC certified forest by 50% by 2023.


The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-profit, membership-led organisation that sets standards to ensure responsible forest management. FSC consults a global network of environmental, social, and economic members to ensure that its forest standards represent everyone's needs-from Indigenous Peoples to endangered animal species.


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