Johannesburg, 21 March: In celebration of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2022, Forestry South Africa (FSA) released two short videos that highlight how sustainably managed South African forestry is contributing to a greener, more sustainable, future.
“The International Day of Forests is an opportunity to promote and create awareness about both indigenous and planted forests. This year’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) theme – sustainable production and consumption – speaks to the sustainable forestry being practiced in South Africa.” – Dr Ronald Heath, FSA Director: Research and Protection.
To raise awareness about the social, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable forestry and to promote the production and consumption of sustainably managed forest products, Forestry South Africa has commissioned a video that creates a link between South Africa’s planted forests and the forest products and services the industry provides.
The full 3-minute video will be launched at FSA’s AGM on 5 May 2022. Two trailers for the video will be released on 21 March in celebration of International Day of Forests.
“We truly support the FAO’s campaign ‘Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World’ (SW4SW) which will be launched at the World Forestry Congress. However, we also identify the need to more closely link sustainable forestry to this. There is still a huge disconnect for people outside our industry, between sustainable forestry and the multitude of forestry products they use in their everyday lives. The FSA video addresses this, by introducing the concept that South African foresters are not only growing pine, eucalypts and wattle, they are growing medicines, clothing, sustainable livelihoods and businesses, glues and paints, cosmetics, food items and so much more. By reconnecting sustainable forestry to the forestry products that all South African’s benefit from, we will be raising awareness about forestry’s potential and promoting sustainable consumption and production”, Dr Heath continues.
Source: Forestry South Africa