SAFEGUARDING SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY IS VITAL, CLAIMS FRA
A recent article in The Guardian's blog by Peter Holmgren, director general for the Center
for International Forestry Research, has been warmly welcomed by FRA for providing
some useful ideas on how we can further promote sustainable forestry.
Seattle, United States, October 11, 2012 -- A recent article in The Guardian's blog by Peter
Holmgren, director general for the Center for International Forestry Research, has been warmly
welcomed by Forestry Research Associates for providing some useful ideas on how we can
further promote sustainable forestry.
Mr Holmgren cited the results of a study by his organization, which recently found that people
living near forests rely on forest income for a fifth of their total household income, on average.
"This research illustrate how incredibly important the forestry industry is for those living in these
regions," explained FRA's analysis partner, Peter Collins.
He added, "Holmgren points out how forestry provides so much for so many people and that
safeguarding its future is vital for communities all over the world, but especially in developing
Forestry as a means of reduce climate change through carbon absorption is now very much in
the public consciousness. Carbon trading means that wealthy, industrial countries can pay
developing countries with large amounts of forestry land to keep their forests standing to offset
the impact of their industrial practices. In addition, Mr Collins and Mr Holmgren both point out that
forestry is not disconnected from other industries. Holmgren explained to Guardian readers:
"Forestry is not an isolated sector disconnected from the world beyond the trees. For local
people, the forest is a source of renewable energy, food and livelihoods."
Holmgren claims that there is a strong link between forestry and food security and that this, alone
is a good reason to keep forests standing.
FRA claims that investing in sustainable plantations projects in countries like Brazil, that have
large amounts of vulnerable natural forests, can help reduce deforestation. Mr Collins concluded:
"Projects like the eucalyptus and teak plantations run by Greenwood Management in Brazil and
Canada are lucrative choices for alternative investors, while being an ethical choice for those
who want to safeguard the future of forestry."
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