A joint initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests
Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World (SW4SW) was adopted in May 2018 as a Joint Initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), an outcome of the SW4SW Global Meeting held at FAO Headquarters in 2017. This initiative is jointly led by FAO, with support from its Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Why the SW4SW Initiative?
The sustainable use of natural resources, including forests, is a key tenet of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2015 Paris Agreement also highlights the contribution of forests to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Technical and methodological progress has facilitated better monitoring of the life cycle of harvested wood products. This gives them a key role in strategies for transitioning to low-carbon economies. Concurrently, the impact of sustainable forest management on enhancing livelihoods, contributing to landscapes and cities and reducing the world’s carbon and material footprints, is growing.
What does SW4SW aim to achieve?
Building on the key messages of the 2017 Global Meeting and ongoing work by partners, the initiative aims to strengthen sustainable wood value chains by enhancing their social, economic and environmental benefits from production through to consumption.
To this end, the initiative will implement collaborative activities and catalyse efforts to strengthen sustainable wood value chains. It will promote positive linkages between these value chains and poverty reduction, sustainable landscapes and sustainable growth. It will support the formulation of policy frameworks and approaches, as well as market solutions, to strengthen sustainable wood value chains. Ultimately, SW4SW will contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17, the Global Forest Goals, and the climate change objectives.
Which groups does it target?
The initiative targets primary wood value chain stakeholders (including producer associations), industry associations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), policy-makers, governments, the financial sector, non-forest sectors, consumers, multilateral mechanisms and opinion shapers.
What is the approach?
As an umbrella initiative, SW4SW will rely mainly on the collaborative activities of its partner organizations (and a broad range of stakeholders along the value chains) to improve decision-making. This includes issues relating to land use, tenure, forest management, business and investment models, industrial processing efficiency and social and environmental standards.
What key outcomes are envisaged?
The four expected outcomes are:
Outcome 2: Capacity to manage forests for sustainable wood production in the context of sustainable land management is developed at all levels.
Outcome 3: Markets and finance for sustainable wood value chains and sustainable wood products are broadened.
Outcome 4: Sustainable wood value chains and contributions of sustainable wood products to the bioeconomy and circularity approach are strengthened in both developed and developing countries.
What is the timeline and budget?
The first phase will last four years (2018–2022) with an overall indicative budget of about USD19 million.