To ensure rattan harvesting and processing do not endanger forests and wildlife, but offer new sources of long-term income for rural people, WWF is engaged in an ambitious project with communities and companies in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

The end goal is to help improve management of rattan in the Greater Mekong region.

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WWF’s approach is based on switching from overexploited rattan resources to a more sustainable rattan product supply chain, addressing the whole supply chain, from “seed to shelf”.


Securing credible forest certification - Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Fair Trade - as well as establishing a more sustainable production system together with the rattan industry and the people depending on it.

WWF is doing this by:

  • developing forest management plans with the communities
  • training pre-processors and traders on management and clean production
  • supporting the establishment of market and business links along the supply chain
  • organizing stakeholder workshops to support better legislation
  • promoting FSC and Fair Trade certification of the forests as well as the products


A sustainable rattan industry which provides:

  • a financial incentive to maintain 50,000 hectares of forest in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
  • cleaner processing methods
  • attractive rattan products for the international market
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Rattan project manger working with villagers, Laos, Greater Mekong.
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Rattan project news
Discussion with local villagers in Huong Phong commune

05 Jun 2013

Early May, Stefan Andreas Zeigler from WWF Deutschland and other delegation of WWF Greater Mekong Programme visited the rattan project sites in Aluoi ...

Where we are headed

  • By 2010 - 100 communities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam will be engaged in sustainable rattan production.
  • By 2011 – 40% of all targeted small and medium enterprises in the supply chain will be actively engaged in cleaner rattan production. 15% of processing industries will provide environmentally friendly products to European and worldwide markets.
  • By 2015 – 50% of the rattan processing industry in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam will be environmentally cleaner and more competitive within regional and worldwide markets, generating better economic returns.
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This project - Phase III - is funded by the international retailer IKEA