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New Report on Forest Related Trade Opportunities in a Green Economy

The new UNEP publication “Green Economy and Trade” highlights that trade in sustainable forestry products can be an important driver in the transition to a greener economy.

Green Economy and Trade” which includes a specific chapter on forests highlights the trends, challenges and opportunities presented to the forests sector by a transition to a green economy. It also examines increased pressures on declining forest resources and ways in which to avert or stop illegal logging and forest degradation.

The chapter illustrates how trade in sustainable forest goods and services is increasingly influenced by national policies, international processes and voluntary procurement practices, e.g., zero deforestation supply chains, which in turn are creating market opportunities for producers and traders.

These trade prospects include growing export opportunities for certified wood and wood-based products, non-timber forest products (NTFP), agroforestry commodities and deforestation-free products. Beyond carbon, a green economy also presents opportunities for increased trade in ecosystem services, e.g., REDD+ and water, as the flow and contributions to various value-chains are increasingly understood as input factors and included in risk management decision-making.

For these trade opportunities to materialize many challenges need to be overcome and enabling conditions should be planned alongside national development and REDD+ frameworks. On the other hand, green economy trade may be a tangible way to respond to the message from climate change negotiations that “social and economic development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of developing countries”.

Nevertheless, attracting finance and meeting standards in export markets still remain difficult for producers and economic operators in developing countries. The cost and know-how needed for achieving compliance with certification requirements can act as a barrier for more sustainable trade. In addition, sustainable forest management depends heavily upon capital investments and R&D, which in turn rely also on the availability of skilled human resources. Reducing trade barriers for NTFP and deforestation-free commodities would also encourage more sustainable trade, as would enhanced cooperation through value chains, from primary producer to end consumer.

Currently, sustainable forest products occupy a small share of the global market as it is often difficult to differentiate between products that are produced in a sustainable manner from un-sustainable operations, which is also one of the drivers of deforestation. Conversely, this is likely to change gradually with increasing transparency in the forest sector as a result of technological advancements and REDD+ investments.





In this issue


Mongolia’s Forest Sector is Good Value for Money

First Regional Workshop on Tree Allometric Equations in Africa

Establishing a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory System in Ecuador

Ecuador Hosts First Regional Workshop on National Forest Monitoring Systems

Mexico Consults FAO Experts to Enhance its Forests Monitoring and Reporting Through Better Image Processing Techniques

UN-REDD Photo Contest Nurture Forests for the Future – REDD+ for Food

UN-REDD Newsletter Survey

Features & Commentary

Valuable Breakthrough in Indonesia’s Efforts Towards Improved REDD+ Governance
By: Tina Hageberg, Dr. Abdul Wahib Situmorang and Emelyne Cheney

Reports & Analysis

The Triple Bottom Line: Making the Case to Link REDD+ and Green Economy

Launch of National Forest Monitoring Systems: Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M & MRV) in the Context of REDD+ Activities

New Report on Forest Related Trade Opportunities in a Green Economy

Two New Go-REDD+ Issues from UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

Looking ahead

3-14 June 2013, Bonn, Germany

Global Symposium on REDD+ and Green Economy
19-20 June 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

Tenth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting
26-27 June 2013, Lombok, Indonesia

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