Sustainable use – conservation at heart

Sustainable use is conservation at heart, was the strong message sent by Philipp von und zu Gutenberg, on behalf of IFFA and the G3 Alliances at the biological diversity summit COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan 20th October 2010.

  • Published: 25.10.2010
  • Published by: Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken
  •  Philipp von Gutenberg addresses COP 10 on behalf of IFFA and G3   (Photo: Janne Näräkkä)
    Philipp von Gutenberg is chair of the German Forest Owners’ Federation, Board member of IFFA’s European regional organisation CEPF, and was given the CCOP 10 speech as an IFFA and G3 representative. He underlined that he represented the one billion people who is occupied with locally controlled forestry. The COP 10 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diveresity (CBD) was held in Nagoya, Japan, from 18th to 29th October 2010.
     
     - Sustainable use is Conservation at heart, concluded Philipp von Gutenberg   (Photo: Janne Näräkkä)
    - Locally controlled forestry is promoting sustainable forest management, and people conducting locally controlled forestry are the key players in the conservation of biodiversity, Philipp von Gutenberg underlined. The biggest immanent challenge to our society and the forest is climate change. Forests are threatened by climate change, but forests provide at the same time important parts of the solution.
     
    - Sustainable forest management is the most efficient and cheap solution to the global climate challenge. We are seeing demonstrated political lack of will to act and to pay. Then the role of forest is utmost important since sustainable manage forest and harvested wood products, hardly at any cost, can provide the famous 6 S (subsistence, sink, storage, substitution, species and services) at one go! No other policy instrument, resource, technology or material is able to do so.
     
    - Luckily, the classic protectionism, which didn’t leave room for sustainable resource use is a thing of the past. When we talk about forests, we talk about biodiversity and we talk about people. Conservation effects aimed at halting the loss of forests and forest biodiversity must involve forest owners, community forestry and indigenous peoples at local level. Without local involvement, the measures are counterproductive and accelerate unsustainable practice.
     
    - Sustainable use is Conservation at heart, concluded Philipp von Gutenberg.

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