The Spanish National Confederation of Timber and Cork Companies (Conemac) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have signed an agreement to certify timber products sold in Spain as deriving from sustainably managed forests. The agreement appears to mark a new stage in the development of collaboration rather than confrontation between Spanish environmental and industrial organisations. Francesc Pons, president of Conemac, maintains that raising industrial awareness of the concerns of society is essential for a sector that wishes to supply the international market with competitive products, while secretary general of WWF Spain (Adena), Juan Carlos de Orno, claims that the participation of CONEMAC demonstrates the growing interest of the timber industry is sustainable forest management. The agreement is based on principles developed by the Forest Stewardship Council, and international initiative by NGOs to promote sustainable forestry. The first concrete activity under the terms of the agreement will be training programmes for smaller companies in the timber industry. WWF Spain is to develop educational materials and courses for the programme.
WWF Spain, tel: +34 91 308 2309
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