Australian Forest Products Assn. sees UN's International Day of Forests as chance to thank forest managers for contribution to sustainable development, highlight 'ultimate renewable resource' that sucks CO2 from atmosphere

DEAKIN WEST, Australia , March 21, 2014 (press release) – Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross Hampton said; ‘The United Nations International Day of Forests seeks to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and is chance to say thank you to the thousands of Australians and local businesses, mostly in regional and rural areas who are managing our forests and contributing to sustainable development by using nature’s renewable resource – wood.

‘AFPA is proud to represent the forest products industry in Australia which prides itself on the important role that it can play as we move towards a carbon constrained economy.

‘Forestry is part of the solution to meeting needs for fuel, paper, and wood, and other necessary products that improve quality of life for this generation and for those to come.

‘AFPA members support sustainable forest management and are committed to using forest management and manufacturing practices that meet environmental, social, and economic objectives.

‘Wood is a renewable, natural product that can be found in timber furniture, framing for buildings, paper and tissue and, and, through smart technology, is making its way into plastics, multi-storey timber buildings and automotive parts.

‘The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation recognises this day each year to promote awareness of the multiple benefits from well managed forests including wood production, recreation, clean water and habitat for flora and fauna.

‘Trees are the ultimate renewable resource and a fantastic carbon sink that literally sucks the carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and stores it as carbon. That atmospheric carbon can be used or stored for generations in the furniture and building products that surround us.

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