Responsible Forest Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina
WWF started a project to promote responsible forest management to support sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012, funded by IKEA. In the first phase of the project, concerned with preventing illegally harvested timber reaching EU markets by certifying forests in Tuzla Canton, and promoting responsible forest management in BiH, the achievements included:
- Public enterprise Forests of Tuzla Canton (Sume TK) FSC-certified more than 56 000 hectares of forest, while the wood processing company Ramex Ltd. received the FSC Chain of Custody certificate;
- Sume TK management board accepted and approved an action plan to combat illegal logging;
- Dialogue between Sume TK and Ramex Ltd. on the continuous supply of certified timber was established;
- Ramex Ltd. has been able to reduce labour cost and time because they do not have to separate non-certified from certified timber supplied from Sume TK
- All GIS data about High Conservation Value Forests in Tuzla Canton are incorporated in the HABEAS database and are accessible online.
Creating FSC Standard of Bosnia and Herzegovina
All these components contribute to helping BiH in the EU accession process.