Synergies between FSC Framework and REDD+ Cancun Safeguards
To implement REDD + policies, is mandatory to comply with specific requirements and guidelines, known as Cancun safegards. This study aims to analyse how FSC® framework can contribute to the achievement of the mandatory requisites defined by the Cancun safeguards.
The wounds of the landscape
Natural and anthropogenic phenomena leave deep wounds in the landscape. This project aims to study and present the wounds that the 1st World War and the Vaia storm left in the territory of the province of Belluno (Italy), observing the territory with a multidisciplinary perspective, which intertwines history and nature.
Zoological Society of London
Market analysis: innovative timber products
Wood is now used in various products, some of which are very innovative. This study aims to analyze the market and future scenarios of some innovative products with high development potential, such as bio-plastics and viscose used in the textile sector.
FSC Stakeholder engagement manual
FSC® certification requires stakeholder engagement to comply with procedures. This project involves the production of a manual: an operational guide, enriched with real and concrete examples, on how to involve stakeholders in a positive and successful way.
New economic criteria for national Group COC eligibility criteria
To access an FSC® Group certification, specific parameters must be respected, identified by international standards or modified in some important national standards. The study aims to propose new economic parameters and indicators and to evaluate their effect on the FSC system.
IT-FOR Operative Group aims to promote digitisation in forestry and timber processing enterprises. To this end,, IT-FOR team is working to develop an innovative digital system which will increase these companies’ competitiveness: a web platform that will help enterprises to manage forestry sites and the marketing and traceability of timber.
LIFE Legal Wood Closing the Gaps on Illegal Timber Trade
Etifor is a partner of the LIFE “Legal Wood” project: with the support of the EU LIFE Programme, stakeholders in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Netherlands will now get the opportunity to work together to further strengthen the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), due diligence and exchange of information related to the shared aim of stopping illegal timber in supply chains.
The project “The Living Mountain: from the Vaia storm to new sustainable development opportunities in the Dolomites” aims – through communication, training and stakeholder engagement actions – to outline new sustainable development opportunities in the Dolomites area (Province of Belluno) after the Vaia storm disaster of October 2018.
The project GreenChainSAW4LIFE aims at managing local forest in a innovative, sustainable and shared way, for fighting climatic and enviromental risk such as fire, hydrogeological instability, and loss biodiversity and using/use the wood obtained to producer green energy and biomaterials for benefit of the economy local and nature by implementing an integrated local plan for climate, energy and bioeconomy in the Po, Bronda, and Infernotto Valleys.
This project “Development of a Communication Strategy and Assessing Information and Media Products for Thailand’s REDD+ Programme” support the Department of National Parks of the Royal Thai Government (RTG) in developing its REDD+ Strategy so that it is technically sound and environmentally and socially sustainable, as well as in compliance with World Bank safeguards policies.
Fundación COPADE – Comercio Para el Desarrollo is a non-governmental organization that deals with development cooperation and education, as well as fair trade in FSC® certified timber from forest communities in South America. For this project we provide technical advice for the design of forestry projects and for environmental education initiatives.
Sartirani & timber supply chain
Coordination of local stakeholders in the mountain area of Milan and Bergamo to increase the value of the timber supply chain.
Development and promotion of the wood-energy supply chain
The Biomass Trade Center 2 project, co-financed by the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, supports the development of the wood-energy supply chain, in particular by improving its logistical, material quality and communication aspects to the general public. Together with the Italian Agroforestry Energy Association (AIEL), we produce the “Guidelines for the assessment of the sustainability of the wood-energy supply chain” and publish a report on the state of the art of certification schemes and commercial labels for biofuels in Italy.
Bennet, PAM, Tiesse, Segatifriuli, Indufor, AIEL
Consulting and training on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the European Union legislation about timber trade and wooden products.
International Tropical Timber Organization
Monitoring of FLEGT licensing scheme
FLEGT IMM is a multi-year project implemented by ITTO and financed by the European Union (EU) to support implementation of bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) between the EU and timber supplying countries. Etifor is the italian partner, collaborating in studies and initiative related to international trade of tropical timber and supply chain analysis. One of the area of interest is investigating the effectiveness of the FLEGT licensing scheme, and collect the feedbacks from operators.
Certified charcoal from italian mountain forests
The Project CAREGA aims to optimize the local forest-wood supply chain, efficiently using all the parts that can be obtained from the trees.
For this reason, with the aim of enhancing wood products with zero value, such as residuals from forest operations, there is the intention to transform low value material into a high added value product, such as charcoal. Etifor is implementing innovative contracts between forest owners and primary and secondary processing companies.
Biomass trade centres
Definition of best practices and standards for the development of local energy biomass supply chains.
Photo database for agricultural supply chains
EXPO 2015 photo shooting and photo database for agricultural supply chains in the Veneto Region.
University of Padova
Sustainability: markets in Veneto Region
Research on responsible and transparent development of the timber-energy sector in Veneto Region.
Legal timber for Uganda
Design of supporting scheme for use and import of legal timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda.
Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition
STTC guidelines translation
Spanish and Italian translation of “Timber Public Procurement” guidelines of Sustainable Timber Action in Europe Project realized for the Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC).
Sartirani & timber supply chain
Coordination of local stakeholders in Milan and Bergamo mountain areas to provide value to timber supply chain.
Agricultural and forestry price list
Agricultural and forestry price list update (prices used in the context of the Rural Development Program and Local Development Plan).
Foresta Oro Veneto
Consultancy for the Innovative Regional Network “ForestaOroVeneto” on local short supply chain wood production. Etifor team is involved in the study of the first part of the supply chain and price trends.
Nuovi Equilibri S.r.l.
Equilibri supply chain
Improvement of wood supply chains in Bergamo (Milan) area.
Assessment of EU Timber regulation monitoring organizations.
Responsabile Forest Management (FM)
Support in management of FSC consultants database and standards translation.
Guide on FSC controlled wood requirements
Guide on Controlled Wood requirements according to FSC standards. In co-operation with FSC-Italy and B&C Group (advisors).
FSC Ecosystem Services TEST
Testing of FSC procedures on certification of ecosystem services (water, recreational/tourist services, carbon capture, biodiversity and landscape) with both recreation and protection forests. in Italy.
FSC Smallholder forest certification
The FSC certification scheme has been always sensible to the involvement of smallholders. The FSC Smallholders Fund aims to economically sustain smallholders to achieve the FSC certification. The Fund was promoted through two calls 2013 and 2015 that involved 41 beneficiaries. Etifor performed an impact assessment of this initiative, to understand its efficiency and effectiveness
Reporting on the furniture market
CSQA Certificazioni S.r.l.
Development CO2Resa Standard for ecological corridors and forest management
COPADE Fair Trade Timber
Implementation of the standard “Madera Justa” for Fair Trade timber certification.
Fair Trade standards
Development of a Fair-Trade Standard for Timber and paper supply chain
Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese
Economic and financial evaluation of management costs, profits and environmental services of productive poplar mixed species plantations in the North of Italy. The project resulted in 45 km of new tree planting and 30 hectares of new tested productive forests.
The use of wood as building material A successful choice for a responsible future
Etifor conducted a dissemination campaign, coordinated by Confartigianto Vicenza, aimed to promote the use of wood in the building industry. Furthermore, through a series of events organized, affiliates to Confartigianato Vicenza were involved in workshops where strengths and weaknesses of the timber sector in the Vicenza Province were analysed.
Analysis of pellet-boilers and stoves regulations and commercialization requirements at state level.
Wood-energy supply chain analysis and reforestation forest management plan to improve access to modern energy services.
Bioenergy in Italy
Editing of a report on bioenergy market in Region of Veneto for 2014-2015
Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (FLA)
Development of a protocol for forest biomass traceability and support for the development of forest management plans aiming to produce biomass for energy production purposes in Europe and project PROFORBIOMED
This project is a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment for Sudan’s REDD+ Programme. The project is funded by the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The client is the Forest National Corporation of Sudan.
Development and protection of lowland forest resources
Since 2011, we assist AFP (Association of Lowland Forests) in the management of 320 hectares of recreational forests in the Venice area (3 million tourist per year). The forests are both publicly and privately owned and are FSC certified. We deal with fundraising activities (€ 1.7 million in 5 years), project assistance to members, dissemination and promotion activities for the forests.
Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management
The ALTERFOR project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, has the task of reviewing existing forest management models (FMMs) and the ways to optimize them. We are actively involved in the stakeholder engagement and in the identification of legally, technically and economically viable systems to implement alternative forest management models.
The DURAFOR-EST project protects the Congo basin forests promoting the trade of legally harvested timber and facilitating investments in the protection of the wildest forests of the country. Legality, good forest management, small businesses, good governance, innovation and market opportunities are among the challenges and issues we face with.
To avoid purchasing wood from controversial sources, FSC® certified companies may use Controlled Wood, verifying it through the Centralized National Risk Assessment. We have been working on developing this fundamental document for categories 1 (illegally harvested wood), 4 (from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use) and 5 (from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted) using the NEPCon template for evaluation of the legal framework of the forestry sector and its guidelines.
The Aria Pulita certification classifies biomass domestic heating systems. Making clearer and more comprehensible the assessment of the environmental performance of stoves, fireplaces and boilers it helps the consumer to make a conscious purchase.
Promoting responsible and legal timber trade worldwide
Conlegno is one of the Monitoring Organizations operating under the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) legal framework, recognized by the European Commission. Etifor contributes to keep updated the Due Diligence Systems (DDS), through the service LegnOK, of several extra-EU countries, monitoring the international timber trade and checking the quantity of illegal logging worldwide.
Camera municipale di Madrid
Green procurement for public administration
Within the Sustainable Timber Action in Europe project, we work together with COPADE and the Madrid Municipality to organize training seminars on the theme of Green Public Procurement.
Through an overview of the environmental and social impacts that unsustainable use can cause, we provide participants with instruments to create a market and responsible policies in the forestry sector.
European Commission, AIEL
Development and promotion of the wood-energy supply chain
The Biomass Trade Center 2 project, co-funded by the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe Program, supports the development of the wood-energy supply chain, enhancing logistics, quality of materials and communication to the general public. Together with the Italian Agroforestry Energy Association (AIEL), we implement the “Guidelines for assessing the sustainability of the wood-energy supply chain” and publish a report on the state of certification schemes and trademarks for biofuels in Italy.