Students from area schools will join together to recognize Earth Day by picking up trash, litter and garbage to make area communities cleaner. For the past seven years, BPM has donated garbage bags and gloves for area students. Schools and organizations which have volunteered to clean up surrounding areas of school grounds and communities include Central Elementary, Coleman Elementary and Middle, Lena Public, M&M Love Where You Live Volunteers, Marinette Middle and High, Merryman Elementary, Oconto Falls Elementary, Oconto Middle, Park Elementary, Peshtigo Elementary and Middle High, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and Suring Public. With the excellent response and interest, the company provided bags and gloves to 15 schools and organizations for an estimated 2100 students, teachers and volunteers. “The Earth Day Clean Up is a community event we look forward to every year,” said Mitchell Mekaelian, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Since 2009, BPM has coordinated the donation and partnerships with area schools. Year after year, we receive positive feedback from teachers and students. This is a hands-on way to have kids involved in making a difference within the community in which they live.” Click Read More below for additional information.
“The knowledge gap between forestry actors and society in Korea can be narrowed down through constructive communications: our event contributes meaningfully to the overall country effort,” said Mr Byungki Ahn.
Mr Ahn, Director of Forest Policy Division, Service, was speaking at the KFCC-PEFC Customer Relationship & Business Strategy Meeting side event, held on the first day of the XV World Forestry Congress (WFC).
“The Korean forestry sector has its specific history. While Korea has had success in forest restoration, there are still relatively strong public concerns on forest use, due to the memory of the devastated forest after the Korean war,” Mr Ahn explained.
“A lot of work needs to be done to ensure that forest use is socially acceptable. KFCC is the system that can reassure the public that wood-based products are produced sustainably.”
KFCC, the Korea Forest Certification Council, is PEFC’s national member for the Republic of Korea.
“KFCC/PEFC sustainable forest management can contribute significantly to the health and resilience of forests, communities, and workers, helping Korea to use its forest resources in a balanced way,” highlighted PEFC International Chair, Eduardo Rojas Briales, also speaking at the event.
“KFCC/PEFC sustainable forest management is key to helping Korea to achieve its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as well as a significant number of Sustainable Development Goals.”
Korean forests are managed by more than two million smallholders. This means PEFC’s group certification mechanism will be the way forward to get these forests and the products provided by them certified, ensuring the consumers their sustainable origin.
“This will help to build a culture of sustainable forest management, where other downstream actors, such as traders and manufacturers, can realize their responsible production and sourcing through PEFC chain of custody certification,” said Soon-jin So, Secretary General of KFCC.
more at: https://pefc.org/news/closing-the-gap-between-reality-and-perception-at-the-world-forestry-congress