BEIJING — Responsible forest management, trade policies and market developments were among the topics of the Sept. 7-8 international seminar, “Forests, Markets, Policy & Practice – China 2010.”

The theme is derived from a number of worldwide developments, such as the LaceyAct in the United States and the European Union's recent policy on chain of custody for timber, as well as the fact that China now has the most number of FSC-COC certificates for an Asian country, with more than 1,300 certificates issued.  The Chinese government is in the process of developing its own national forest certification scheme and a number of Chinese forest products companies have started to take a proactive approach by incorporating an environmental dimension into their corporate mission statement and business practices.

The seminar was hosted by the Center for International Forest Product Trade of the State Forestry Administration of China and The Nature Conservancy, with support from the International Forestry Cooperation Center of State Forest Administration of China, the US Agency for International Development, Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade  Programme and the European Forest Institute’s FLEGT Asia Programme. The organizers include the Rainforest Alliance, in partnership with The Forest Trust, and the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Global Forest Trade Network.

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