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About Us
ABOUT US
The Responsible Asia Forestry & Trade partnership (RAFT) is a regional program that brings together the skills and knowledge of leading conservation organizations to provide capacity building and knowledge sharing services to Asia Pacific countries in support of their efforts to promote trade in responsibly harvested and manufactured wood products. 
 left""RAFT is supported by the Australian and U.S. Governments and is implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), TFT (The Forest Trust), the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), TRAFFIC – the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, and WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN). In addition to these core partners and supporters, RAFT works with government, industry, civil society, inter-governmental organizations and educational institutions from across the globe.
Through supply-side capacity building, technical support and networking opportunities, RAFT partners help bridge the gap between market and policy incentives and current management practices in order to help Asia Pacific suppliers meet the growing demand for verifiably responsible wood products that benefit local and global economies while also preserving the environment and mitigating climate change.
At every link along the global timber supply chain, people are responsible for the consequences of the worldwide trade in forest products. Since 1990, 40 million hectares of forest have been lost in Southeast Asia. Much of this begins with unsustainable logging practices. An estimated 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to forest destruction around the world. Meanwhile, world demand for timber from tropical forests continues to grow. 
The Challenge: How can we have furniture and healthy forests too?
The Answer: Responsible Forestry and Trade.

Business as usual in the forests of Asia and the Pacific means a rapid degradation of both forest ecology and the benefits derived by people from forests, including the long-term benefits earned by timber companies and governments. But responsible forestry and trade can mean the opposite: sustainability.

In an interconnected world, no single link in the timber supply chain can deal with the challenges on its own. Players across the global timber trade, from forest to furniture showroom, are all responsible – from forest managers, to forestry officials and policy makers, to manufacturers, to retailers and shoppers near and far.

RAFT’s unique partnership approach enables us to work with all of these players, crossing borders and supply chains, to bring about lasting positive change for the forests, people and economies of Asia Pacific, and ultimately the world as a whole.
 
The program targets 6 countries — with others involved through regional dialogues and learning exchanges. 
RAFT has shown that the growing world demand for timber products that are legal, sustainable – and increasingly, low-carbon – can be a powerful engine to manage the forests of Asia and the Pacific without destroying their vulnerable ecologies and the lives of the millions who depend on them. 

RAFT's sucessess since 2007
 
Increased the Supply of Responsible Timber:
Provided direct technical assistance to 81 timber concessions seeking sustainable management, resulting in 1.3 million hectares gaining Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and another 2.8 million hectares on track for certification.

Supported Livelihoods and Community Empowerment:
Assisted 45 communities to improve operations in and increase benefits from forests.

Strengthened the Supply Chain:
Educated nearly 1,300 wood manufacturers in the region about changing market requirements, with a focus on understanding and responding to timber legality requirements in Austalia, the United States and the European Union.

Built Long-term Capacity:
Equipped 13 local and national organisations across six countries to become champions and future leaders of capacity building for responsible forestry and trade.

Advanced Carbon Science:
Developed a system to quantify reductions in carbon emissions from reduced impact loggig - revealing potential reductions of up to 40%.

Mr. Usman Rao

Regional Program Coordinator
Responsible Asia Forestry & Trade Program (RAFT)
The Nature Conservancy - Asia Pacific Region    

c/o IUCN Asia Regional Office
2nd Floor, Bio House, Sukhumvit Soi 39
Bangkok 10110,
THAILAND

  +66 8 1918 5123
  +66 2262 0861
For all inquiries (including general and media), please contact:
To receive regular updates about RAFT, please send your contact details to: raft@responsibleasia.org