Supplementary letter to the Clerk of the
Committee from Anna Jenkins, Director, Forest Stewardship Council
UK Working Group
This addendum relates to point three of the
FSC UK submission "Is there really little or no supply of
1999 1.8 per cent of the UK wood and paper product
market was FSC certified; the FSC market was worth £351 million
in terms of retail sales.
2000 3.4 per cent of the wood and paper market
was FSC certified; a value of £629 million in retail sales.
This represented a growth rate of 90 per cent over a one year
Both the growth rate and market share of FSC
are higher than all other similar ethical certification systems
eg organic food, fairtrade goods etc.
There are over 10,000 product lines available
in the UK, timber originating from all over the world. Currently
54 countries have FSC certified forests.
In the UK over one million ha of forest and
woodland are FSC certified (most through the UKWASsee point
four in the full submission from FSC UK). This is approximately
a third of the UK forest cover and represents approximately 75
per cent of the home produced commercial production. The UK is
therefore significantly further ahead than most countries in terms
of certification of its own forests. This has lead to economic
benefits for UK companies eg for the first time in approximately
60 years UK timber processed by a UK company is supplying some
of Railtrack's demand for FSC certified railway sleepers. There
are many other similar stories.
There are key product sectors/countries of origin
where FSC certified is not available eg West Africa, Guyana, ready
made windows. Increased demand and aid to ensure that specific
countries are assisted to meet certification standards in a step
by step timed manner is critical. If forest management is to be
drastically improved in key countries such as Cameroon, Gabon
and Guyana and sustainable development achieved maintaining a
long-term forest resource, government assistance to this end is
critical including sending clear demand signals for the ultimate
need for FSC certified timber. This could be achieved through
support of both the FSC system and the Producer Group concept
(please see submission by Ruth Nussbaum of Proforest for further
information on the latter.) (See Appendix 6).