The Japanese Government included wood and wood products verified as being legally and sustainably produced (hereinafter referred to as Gohowood) in its Law on Promoting Green Purchasing in 2006. Since then the wood industries in Japan have endeavored to provide Gohowood in accordance with the "Guideline for verifying the legality and sustainability of wood and wood products," announced by the Forestry Agency. Gohowood is now recognized in the Japanese market as a base index for green procurement of construction companies, and local and national government.
In Indonesia, wood traceability system developing program under the action plan for the cooperation in combating illegal logging and the trade in illegally logged timber and wood products between the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia started in 2004 brings fruitful outputs. In other producer countries or areas, some types of legality secure traceability systems installed to wood and wood products markets.
Those activities have introduced a credible and distributable system for verifying Goho (=legal) wood and wood products in international symposiums1 .
Activities to combat illegal logging are spreading not only in timber producing countries, but also consuming countries including the EU and the US. It is important to share Japan's experiences including those concerning Gohowood.
In this context, the International Symposium on Legally Verified Wood 2010 -Activities in Japan to tackle illegal logging issues- will be held to introduce activities in Japan and to clarify the meaning of Gohowood in the context of global activities.
|(1)Title:||International Symposium on Legality Verified Wood 2010|
-Activities in Japan to tackle illegal logging issues-
|(2)Date:||December 10(Fri.)-11(Sat.), 2010|
|(3)Venue:||Tokyo Fashion Town Hall 500|
(Neighborhood of Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
|(4)Sponsors:||Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations|
Japan Lumber Inspection & Research Association
|Part One:||Development and Operation of Wood Traceability System|
|Part Two:||Activities in Japan to Tackle Illegal Logging Issues|
Gohowood Promotion Project and Recent Development in the Japanese Market (The Forestry Agency)
(Timber Industry Associations, Housing Industry, Consumer Grope, Environmental NGO etc.)
|Part Three:||Panel Discussion|
Japan's Legality Verification Efforts and International Measures to Combat Illegal Logging: Developments and Future Prospects