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Fortifying sustainable forestry practice with the help of global zoos

2018 saw FSC enter into a partnership with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to develop a global framework aimed at creating a more sustainable world through responsible forest management.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed at WAZA’s 73rd Annual Conference in Bangkok aims to support FSC’s national network partners and members of WAZA in promoting responsible forest management as an important tool for the conservation of nature and endangered species.

Pledging its commitment towards this shared mission, WAZA’s chief executive officer, Doug Cress, said that zoos and aquariums are at the forefront of tackling global environmental issues and we receive over 700 million visitors each year. “We can play an important role in working with the FSC to help ensure forests are responsibly managed and protected for future generations.”

WAZA, which represents the world’s leading zoos and aquariums and includes more than 400 members, will collaborate with FSC to develop a joint programme that emphasizes the benefits of FSC certification for nature conservation. The MoU sets clear targets for members of WAZA to source FSC certified materials in their procurement of paper and wooden products by 2023.

Working with WAZA creates some very important communication opportunities for FSC. Cooperation is already happening between specific zoos and aquariums and their national FSC organizations, but this will be the first time a global framework is created to strengthen these efforts.