IKEA and FAO join forces for sustainable forest management in Viet Nam

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FAO has teamed up with IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations in Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano (file)

The Scandinavian furniture retailer IKEA and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have teamed up to promote the sustainable management of forest plantations in Viet Nam.

The new initiative, which aims to empower forest-reliant communities was launched on Wednesday with the signing of a cooperation agreement.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The two partners will begin by evaluating options for advancing forest certification schemes and sustainable forest management in the Southeast Asian country’s northern regions.

FAO's Assistant-Director General for Forestry, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, said millions of people in Viet Nam rely on forests for their food and incomes.

He explained that certification schemes can offer them a tool for safeguarding their interests and preserving their forests, as well as fairer access to new markets.

According to the UN food agency, certification can also provide an additional mechanism for tracing timber and other forest products through supply chains before they are used in a wide-range of products, including furniture.

The planned IKEA-FAO joint venture will reportedly also help locate communities and producer organizations that could potentially benefit from participating in a certification scheme to access IKEA's supply chains.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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