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WWF-UK lobby for sustainable timber use

The World Wildlife Fund’s Forest Campaign for the sustainable consumption of timber has continued with a recent reception in Westminster.

The aim of the event was to raise the profile of the campaign, with a focus on influencing those responsible for setting policies. The idea is that the UK should not contribute significantly to the depletion of the forests of the world.

So far, 50,000 individuals have given their backing to the initiative, which was launched back in December. Numerous enterprises have already pledged to rethink their practices over the next five years. If the sector does make that kind of progress, it could reassure the public about the material used in wood flooring in Cheshire .

Richard Gillies, a manager at Kingfisher Plc, said:

“We do not believe there is a trade-off between sustainability and jobs. From businesses in this room and I hope I speak for all of them, we see sustainability as the only route to long term and short term sustainable growth.”

David Nussbaum, the chief executive of WWF-UK, reminded those in attendance of the value of the forests of the world. In particular, he stressed the contribution that wooded areas make to human and planetary health. With international demand for timber predicted to grow, he thanked people for recognising the threat posed by illegally sourced wood.

The reception occurred on the same date that an EU timber regulation had come into operation. It has been reported that the regulation in question failed to include all the products that have the potential to cause a problem.

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