There is a growing demand for more sustainably sourced wood products. This trend looks set to continue with an increasing number of Western consumers becoming aware of the impact that the illegal trade in timber has on forests and the communities living near forests. Legislation such as the US Lacey Act and the European Voluntary Partnership Agreement have been established to ensure that businesses meet sustainability criteria. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) help Jeparans and carvers from other furniture producing towns stay ahead of the game through projects that promote better producer institutions and tap small scale producers into sustainable markets.
Photo by Murdani Usman/CIFOR
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