It is a common misconception that buying wood or wood-derived products has a negative impact on our forests, but it is a paradigm that needs to change. When we choose certified wood products, we are supporting legal fellings, helping protect endangered species and creating jobs for local communities, thereby helping create a virtuous circle.
A pioneer in this area is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), whose mission is to promote best practices to protect forests worldwide, ensuring that these meet the social and economic needs of local communities and that their biodiversity is preserved.
For example, the certification processes promoted by the FSC guarantee the sustainable management of forests, preventing net loses and maintaining the diversity and balance of their ecosystems in the long term. Specifically, these certifications guarantee the proper execution of sustainable forest management plans and the protection of endangered species.
The concept of sustainable forest management is a relatively new one. It was first employed officially at the UN Ministerial Conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, although deforestation and the need to control the felling of trees and the management of forests were already concerns long before this. In Mexico, we need to promote the use of certified timber more aggressively, in both products aimed at industry and those that target the final consumer. According to the UNAM, only 30% of the timber sold in Mexico is certified.
What are the advantages of this type of timber? First, there are the environmental aspects: sustainably managed forests reduce the risk of fire, prevent deforestation, preserve biodiversity, help mitigate climate change and help maintain the water and soil quality of these valuable ecosystems. Then there are the no-less-important economic benefits: the sustainable exploitation and use of forests translates into improved productivity, helping create more jobs for local communities.
These issues will all be addressed in depth at MEM Industrial 2020, the country’s leading woodworking and furniture tradeshow, which will be taking place at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City on January 22-24. Sustainability, training and the promotion of Mexico’s forest sector are the central themes of this platform, while partnerships with the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), Reforestamos and the German agency KWF will facilitate the sharing of best practices, certifications, innovations and solutions, with a view to raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management among players in the country’s woodworking-furniture chain.
Register free of charge today for MEM Industrial 2020 at: http://www.memindustrial.mx/
BY AZUL OGAZÓN
MEM INDUSTRIAL DIRECTOR