In recent years, there has been increasing concern about forestry around the world. Not too long ago, there was little thought for how much or how we harvested materials from forests. However, there have been many changes to the way the industry is handled in the last few decades. Progress is slower in some areas than many people would hope it to be. However, most regions around the world are improving or maintaining sustainable practices. A number of forestry management trends have grown, and new methods are increasingly used. Find out more about how forestry is changing around the world below.
Better Monitoring of Forests
The rise of technology has had an effect on forestry management. It has also affected sustainable sourcing of various materials. Different types of technology have made it much easier to keep an eye on forest areas. It’s easier to keep track of supply chains too. It’s now more simple than ever to ensure that timber or palm oil isn’t from an unsustainable area. Some of the technology that can be useful includes cloud computing, satellites, and connectivity. Cloud computing makes it easier to analyze data. Satellites can help with monitoring a forest in real time. Connectivity around the world, plus the availability of mobile devices, helps with this too.
Preservation of Wildlife Habitats
Another trend that has grown in forest management is preserving wildlife. There have been increased efforts to maintain and encourage biodiversity in several major regions. For example, Future Forest Consulting is one company that aims to preserve and increase wildlife habitat in the US. There are many more businesses involved in forestry that are making an effort to do this. They recognize that by encouraging wildlife, they are ensuring that ecosystems remain balanced. Concern for biodiversity and primary forests is good for the planet and business.
Replanting forests has grown in some regions over recent years. In particular, Asia has seen a lot of replanting, including in China. This meant that the area of forest in Asia was similar in 1990 and 2005. While there are other areas the region needs to work on, replanting is helping to maintain forests. There are many retailers, manufacturers, and more who have pledged to help achieve net deforestation. For example, the Consumer Goods Forum is a group that has promised to do just that.
Forest management companies and forest owners can be approved as a sustainable source. Certification programs allow various businesses to show that they carry out sustainable practices. They include the Forest Stewardship Council. Another notable name is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. However, these are just two of the largest and there are more than fifty around the world. These programs only arose in the 1990s, so their use has been growing over the last couple of decades.
Forestry is continuing to move toward more sustainable practices. However, many global regions still have a long way to go. But even places where forests are managed sustainably need to be concerned about importing from elsewhere.