Sustainable rattan in the Greater Mekong region | WWF

Sustainable rattan in the Greater Mekong region

Unsustainable rattan harvesting leads to forest degradation, and affects tropical forest ecosystems as well as rural people’s source of income. Achieving a more sustainable rattan production will ensure future rattan supply and prevent negative impacts on nature, communities and companies.
The importance of rattan for multiple uses, such as furniture and building material is nowadays widely recognized.

However, the way rattan is harvested and processed needs to improve in order to secure the supply in the long term (find out why).

The use of toxic chemicals and petrol in the processing of rattan does not affect only soil, air and water resources negatively, but also people’s health. Other problems include:
  • Wastage
  • Pollution
  • Unreliable and illegal supply
  • Low product quality

Why WWF is involved

In the long term, the objective of the WWF Sustainable Rattan Project in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam is credible forest certification as well as establishing a more sustainable rattan production supply chain.

As part of this project, communities and companies in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam are working with WWF to implement a viable and sustainable forest management model.

This project already has several achievements to its credit.
	© Ikea
    This project - Phase III - is funded by the international retailer IKEA
	© EU
    Rattan Project Phase II was co-funded by the European Union
	© DEG
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