Nature is a major focus of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, between October 31 and November 12, 2021. To make positive steps, we need to concurrently address climate change and biodiversity loss.
These twin threats to our planet are complex but not insurmountable. Agriculture and forestry account for nearly a quarter of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Damaged ecosystems offer us less protection; for example, there is less clean air if deforestation continues and coastal regions have less protection if mangroves are removed. At the same time, we all rely on agriculture and forestry products, and these industries provide millions of jobs and support food security.
At COP26, governments and business leaders are being encouraged to find innovative ways to halt and reverse deforestation and protect other critical ecosystems. This is part of a plan to protect and conserve 30% of global land and 30% of the oceans. To achieve this, there must be a global shift towards sustainable land use while nature-based solutions must become a central part of any country or organization's climate/business plan.
Being sustainable also makes business sense. Regulators, consumers and supply chain partners are increasingly looking to see evidence of sustainability goals being attained and progressed. In relation to wood and wood-based products, this means the promotion of an effective control system that tracks and manages products along the supply chain – COC. It ensures only materials from well-managed forests enter and progress along the supply chain.
ISO 38200 audits demonstrate the effectiveness of your COC strategy in delivering safe, high-quality, compliant products to markets around the world. This not only enables you to meet customer and regulatory demands, but it also helps to show your business is doing its bit to support COP26 objectives.
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