Forest and Paper Associations of the World Assess Industry Sustainability
10 Years After Rio
International industry group spans 39 countries across
North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania
JOHANNESBURG, 26 August 2002 - The International Council of Forest and
Paper Associations (ICFPA), representing the global forest and paper industry,
is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to working
with other stakeholders to ensure the environmental, social and economic
benefits of our natural resources are available to current and future generations.
The forest and paper industries the ICFPA represents strive for high sustainability
standards around the world and are committed to using management and manufacturing
practices that meet stringent environmental, social and economic development
For more information on these challenges, consult the ICFPA publication
entitled Sustainability at http://www.icfpa.org.
The industry continues to make major contributions to sustainable development:
support for thousands of communities as a supplier of millions of jobs worldwide,
use of renewable raw material, record of sustainable forest management and
application of cleaner technologies in an increasing number of mill operations,
strong reliance on biofuels, high energy efficiency, high recycling rate
and the storage of carbon in its wood and paper products.
The ICFPA has taken a leadership position to achieve global sustainable
forest management by endorsing an international mutual recognition framework
of credible forest certification systems. Earlier this year, the ICFPA adopted
a common position against illegal logging, recognizing that forest law enforcement
requires country-specific approaches.
The association leaders call for continued action to address the 1992
Rio Agreements from the perspective of the forest and paper industry, including
the need for:
- Increased development, use and education of environmental science and
environmentally sound technologies;
- Balance between conservation and sustainable production of goods to
meet demand for sustainable products and the economic and social needs
of thousands of communities globally;
- More open international economic systems that facilitate sustainable
trade in forest products;
- Recognition of the vast potential of forests as a renewable natural
resource that can be sustainably managed and is compatible with environmental
The world’s forest and paper industry is steadily taking steps towards
Climate Change Initiatives
The forest and paper industry is strongly committed to meeting the climate
change challenge and has a strong basis for doing so. Trees, wood and paper
products are renewable and recyclable resources that help reduce greenhouse
gases by removing and storing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Additionally, the industry is committed to innovative energy solutions that
will increase efficiency, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and
expand the use of renewable energy sources.
The forest and paper industries of the world are proud of their ongoing
social contributions to the goal of sustainable development. In many parts
of the world the industry helps to alleviate poverty in thousands of communities
through the jobs and local economic development it provides. Forest and
paper companies build and maintain hospitals, sanitation structures, roads
and educational services in forest communities around the world.
Improving Environmental Performance
Through focused research, educational partnerships and investments in
environmentally sound technologies and training for employees which minimizes
overall resource use, the forest and paper industries of the world are continually
improving environmental performance. Many companies have adopted environmental
improvement systems such as forest management
standards and independent third-party certification systems, as well as
environmental management systems or health and safety programs.
Free and Efficient Markets
The ICFPA supports the Agenda 21 statement that "an open, equitable,
secure, non-discriminatory and predictable multilateral trading system that
is consistent with the goals of sustainable development and leads to the
optimal distribution of global production in accordance with comparative
advantage is of benefit to all trading partners."
The ICFPA will hold a press and informational briefing to highlight what
the world's forest and paper industries are doing to address sustainability
issues on Thursday, 29 August, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., at the Hilton Sandton Hotel
(Ballroom 3), 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, South Africa. If you would like
to attend, or need additional information, please contact Anne Divjak (tel.
083 296 2312) or John Mechem (tel. 083 296 2315) after August 25 in Johannesburg,
The ICFPA is a confederation of associations representing the forest and
paper industries around the world. The ICFPA Secretariat is the American
Forest & Paper Association, Washington, DC. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A list of ICFPA members is availbale on the ICFPA