|Cooperation with green consumers toward demand expansion of sustainable timber products – WFC2015 Side Event(2015/10/16)|
It aimed to promote the Japan’s efforts on enhancing timber use and better traceability. We discussed about Japan’s timber legality schemes and so forth with 30 participants from 10 countries.
The significant result of the 3rd party certification schemes which was developed in ‘90s, include CoC systems connecting the forest information to the consumers, is extended discussion of concept of the forest management to wider stakeholders including the end consumers, not only amongst producing side of stakeholders.
However, such “Green supply chain management” method depends on efficiency and social responsibility which works for large scale companies in the center of supply chains, that is not always feasible for small and medium size enterprises which consist majority of Japanese timber industry.
Japanese legality verification guideline challenged this problem and the main message of this side event was that Japan guideline has versatility potential globally. Also the guidance is an important tool to address not only “illegal logging” which is a particular issue, but broader enhancement of forest management governance together with general public.
The participants of the side event was not many than I expected, but during whole through the congress, I discussed about this topic with more than 50 people, confirmed the future cooperation.
3 handouts were distributed at the congress venue. You can find both English and Japanese version from link below.