Sustainable Forest Products
Linking communities to global markets to create sustainable supply chains
Sustainable forest products in the Greater Mekong region
The economies of the Greater Mekong are booming, but much development has come at the expense of the region’s forests – threatening unique biodiversity and essential ecosystem services. The forests are under increasing threats from agricultural expansion, unsustainable logging, infrastructure and hydroelectric projects.
WWF’s Living Forests report predicts that by 2050 we’ll be using nearly three times as much wood globally as we are now. In a world where competition for land and water is intensifying, incomes are rising and populations are growing, we need to find ways to increase the supply of forest products without destroying or degrading the forests on which we all depend.
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The Greater Mekong is one of the world’s main bamboo producing regions.Bamboos occupy over 3% of the world’s forests and provide incomes, subsistence or life goods for an estimated one billion people. They are a wonderful example of natural capital, provide a host of ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and soil stability and rehabilitating degraded land.
Learn more about sustainable bamboo harvesting in Cambodia
Rattan grows in every country of the Greater Mekong SubregionIt has been used locally for millennia and is still widely used to produce furniture, matting, handicrafts and cordage. The rattan sector employs around 4 million people worldwide, a significant portion of whom are poor, forest dwelling families living in tropical forests of the Greater Mekong. The sector is estimated to generate global revenue of $10.5 billion annually. Current unsustainable rattan harvesting is a significant factor in forest degradation throughout the region, with raw rattan often illicitly or illegally traded across borders.
Bringing FSC Certification to more communitiesWWF's sustainable acacia project in the Greater Mekong focuses on responsible management in forests where acacia timber is harvested. Our goal is to provide technical advisory support to smallholders and forest plantation companies, mainly in Vietnam, to increase the amount of FSC certified acacia timber and to improve the credible market chain of the product throughout the region.
Learn more about sustainable acacia plantations and the communities they support in Vietnam
Small businesses in Asia can help forests and economies grow
WWF's "Impact in the Forests" report highlights how supporting innovative small-scale green businesses could help reverse the current trend where business incentives for promoting deforestation remain greater than those for preventing it.
Community Leaders in Central Vietnam Pioneer a Sustainable Forestry Model
One for All and All for One: How a Timber Cooperative is Changing the Lives of Vietnamese Smallholders
Guardians of the Forest: A New Era in Community Forests in Myanmar
Cambodia: Community Strength Protects the Forests
Avery Dennison launches Southeast Asia forestry project in Vietnam
The Guardian: Vietnamese Smallholders Help End Deforestation - photo essay
3,500 Rattan Baskets to be Exported to European Markets
Message from the heart of a Forest Conservationist
Field Trip with SDC to Lao Rattan and Bamboo Project Sites
Further certification success for Vietnam's Quang Tri smallholders
Rattan Revival and the Recipe for a Sustainable Timber Market – Partnership, Certification and Smallholders in the Greater Mekong
Sustainable Rattan Management in Laos Goes from Strength to Strength with New FSC Certifications and Export Order
Sustainable Rattan Boosts Local Income
Sustainable Rattan Production in Greater Mekong Region Brings Hope to Forests and People
Securing the Future: Managing Risk and Building Resilience Within Locally Controlled Forest Businesses
Sustainable Cottage Industries and the Rattan Association of Cambodia
Systematics, Ecology and Management of Rattans in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam: The Biological Bases of Sustainable Use
Assessing Forest Governance in Cambodia
Assessing Forest Governance in Lao PDR
Assessing Forest Governance in Myanmar
Plantations for People, Planet and Prosperity: 10 years of the New Generation Plantations platform 2007-2017
Video: Rattan Enrichment in Vietnam
Video: Rattan Harvesting with the Huong Phong Cooperative
FSC Certification for Rattan in Laos
FSC Certification for TT Hue Smallholders – Acacia in Vietnam
FSC Certification for Tien Phong Company – Acacia in Vietnam
FSC Certification for Trieu Hai Forest Company - Acacia in Vietnam
FSC Certification for Duong 9 Forest Company - Acacia in Vietnam
FSC Certification for Quang Tri Smallholder - Acacia in Vietnam
Guidelines for Establishing Community Forest Enterprises in the Greater Mekong Region
- Vietnamese Translation - Hướng dẫn thành lập doanh nghiệp cộng đồng ở khu vực sông Mekong
For More Information:
Le Viet Tam
Regional Project Manager
Sustainable Rattan, Bamboo, Acacia & Rubber Project
WWF Greater Mekong Programme