|A poster at a HCM City exhibition on certified sustainable wooden products. — VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HCM City – The World Wide Fund for Nature Việt Nam (WWF) opened a forest-plantation exhibition yesterday on certified sustainable wood furniture.
The four-day exhibition, which includes many images and video clips, offers explanations of initiatives in sustainable forest management with augmented reality.
The exhibition will help customers choose wooden furniture from certified sustainable forests, and not from illegal logging.
Việt Nam has a long tradition of exporting wood and furniture.
While the domestic market has not paid attention to certified wood, it is a condition for many exported furniture products.
The Government has set a goal to have 500,000 hectares of forest certified as sustainable wood by 2020.
“There are many reasons for the popularity of un-certified sustainable wood and furniture in Việt Nam. But one of the most important reasons is that local residents do not know what sustainable wood (or green wood) is, and do not understand the connection between wood products and environmental factors,” Lê Thiện Đức, co-ordinator of WWF-Việt Nam’s Forest Programme, said.
“WWF would like to change that,” he added. “The price of certified wood will be 12 – 17 per cent higher compared with the normal product, but international forest plantations and processing management will help customers have products which are good for their health and friendly to the environment.”
More information can be found at: https://goo.gl/5dWraz. — VNS