IKEA and WWF are working together in Romania to: obtain clear legal procedures for virgin/quasi-virgin forests protection and mapping/identification of these areas; promote credible certification schemes (FSC) in combating illegal harvesting and promotion of sustainable forest management; increase the capacity of stakeholders to strengthen the implementation of national FSC requirements / standards; develope the forestry sector to cope with environmental challenges and the current socio-economic context, in order to help the development local communities.
Brico Dépôt and WWF
The partnership started in 2016 focuses on forest conservation. Through the operations it runs in Romania, Brico Dépôt aims to contribute to the Kingfisher Group’s Net Positive sustainability objective. This goal means to innovate the company’s products and services to enable customers to have more sustainable houses, to transform the way of doing business so that the environment is not affected and to positively contribute to the development of the communities in which it operates.
In Romania, Brico Dépôt has taken measures for responsible timber purchase, for retail – including the designation of areas from where it will not buy wood, and a 10% increase in FSC certified wood products displayed for sale, with timber purchased from Romania. Also, through the two-year partnership, WWF has enhanced the lemncontrolat.ro platform – this website contains essential information for key stakeholders, as a tool for (i) reducing illegal logging and (ii) promoting responsible forest management in Romania.
WWF, as the FSC® national partner in the process of drafting the Centralized National Risk Assessment for Romania (FSC-CNRA-RO V1-0), supported the development of the CNRA by facilitating a participatory and transparent process so that stakeholders can be involved in determining these risks.
The National Forestry Directorate (RNP) Romsilva in partnership with WWF-Romania aims to promote a responsible forest management in Romania. In this respect, specific activities were supported for: (i) Identification and management of “High Conservation Value Forests” (having as a priority the identification of forests with primary structures and their classification in the National Catalog of the virgin and quasi-virgin forests in Romania), for the forest fund, public property of the state, managed by the directorate; (ii) Promoting a responsible forest management by implementing a credible international certification system; (iii) Supporting the development of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Forest Management Standard; (iv) Organize public consultations, training seminars and internal audits with the role of monitoring, guidance / training and control to facilitate a unified implementation of FSC® forest management certification requirements; (v) Supporting the development at national level of risk assessments for “Controlled Wood” – involving RNP Romsilva for areas included in the public property fund of the state.
The Association of Furniture Manufacturers in Romania – APMR sums up to 400 member companies that make approx. 60% of furniture production in Romania. As a responsible actor in the national forestry sector, APMR has been actively and constructively involved in strengthening the EU Timber Regulation no. 995/2010, being a signatory to the Industry Statement for the review of EUTR, since 2015
The Association for Forest Certification (ACF) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in April 2009 with the support of the WWF-Romania.
The aim of the Association for Forest Certification (ACF) is to promote the responsible forest management, a credible forest certification system that contributes to the appropriate forest management from an ecological point of view, with social and viable economic benefit, the conservation of the natural environment and the ecological processes in Romania.
ACF is the facilitator of the process of developing the Assessment of Risks for Controlled Wood for Romania.