“Building Shared Value: Sustainability and Competitiveness, PEFC in Latin America” will take place from 4-6 July 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Join our South American PEFC members as they welcome certified companies, procurers, retailers, media and others to share best practices, build capacity, and discuss how to improve market demand and access for PEFC-certified products in the region. The event will kick off with an introduction to how PEFC promotes sustainability for procurers of forest-based products, retailers and media. Some of the largest forest-based products producers and retailers in the region such as UPM (Uruguay), Suzano (Brazil) and Unilever (Argentina) will then share their experiences on how to encourage sustainability at the highest level. On Day 2, the focus shifts to certified companies including printing, packaging and publishing sector and key stakeholders, consultants and professionals committed to sustainability. Workshops on how to implement strategic branding of forest products and on how to integrate sustainability and a safe supply chain in marketing and promotion strategies, will enable participants to benefit from existing best practices and consider opportunities for their own operating environments.
Aida Greenbury of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today joined business and environmental leaders to develop global forest restoration initiatives at the 2015 meeting of the Bonn Challenge in Germany.
Speaking at the meeting, Aida Greenbury of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) called for more sustainable, long-term, multi-stakeholder partnerships to be implemented in the fight against deforestation and climate change. On the topic of APP’s experiences in Indonesia, Greenbury said: “Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders must be involved.”
The Bonn Challenge is the most comprehensive forest restoration initiative in the world. Its goal is to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 and at least 350 by 2030. Overseen by the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, with the International Union for Conservation of Nature as its Secretariat, this year’s Bonn Challenge 2.0 meeting is being attended by high-ranking representatives from over 30 countries and numerous international organisations, including the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
Greenbury, APP’s managing director, sustainability, continued, “The essential ingredients for effective forest protection and restoration are: clear mechanisms for all interested parties to engage; a role for the private sector who oversee the concessions; and a policy agenda which puts forest protection and restoration at the heart of tackling climate change. The Bonn Challenge has a vital role to play in pulling these different themes together. That is why APP is participating in the event. We are making clear that not only does our commitment to zero-deforestation in out supply chain continue but that forest protection and restoration is as important to us the decision we made in 2013 to halt all natural forest clearances.”
APP is two years into implementing its own Forest Conservation Policy and recently published its FCP Implementation Plan, following the conclusion of an evaluation of the FCP by Rainforest Alliance. The implementation plan includes priorities for 2015 onwards and relate to third party forest clearance, peatland best management practices as well as FPIC and social conflict resolution.
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