Environmental Achievement for Conversations about Climate Change

Environmental Achievement for Conversations about Climate Change 

ARTICLE · By Lucy Bedry FLEGT Communications Executive · 21 Sep 2021

Conversations about Climate Change – our recent FLEGT communication project – has won the Environmental Achievement Award.

The Timber Trade Journal’s Environmental Achievement Award recognises and promotes the industry’s ever-improving environmental performance.
 
The award recognises the success for stimulating conversations around material provenance, the role of timber in the climate debate and encouraging designers to consider how their role as a specifier is vital for implementing change.
 
As the voice of the UK timber industry, we are proud to promote our members as leaders in standards, responsible sourcing and trusted timber. Timber for the project was responsibly sourced through our members.
 
Utilising thought-provoking designs in tropical timber, we invited discussions on the role of forests in averting the climate crisis.
 
The exhibition explored important climate debates including rising temperatures, carbon emissions, sustainable forest management, sea-level rise and resource extraction.
 
All designers were fabricated in timber from countries working towards FLEGT-licensing. And key messaging of governance, forest management and legality frameworks are featured throughout. 
 
The majority of designers had no prior knowledge of FLEGT or working with tropical timber. The project raised awareness of FLEGT, the benefits to countries undergoing their VPA reforms and action towards governance and legality. 
 
A special thank you to Arnold Laver, Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd, Danzer / Interholco, James Lathams, the Malaysian Timber Council, Mere Plantations and Morgan Timber.
 
Congratulations to all the designers: Jeremy Yu and Tomos Owen of the Sapele Sound PavilionJoe Pipal of Carbon PrintJulia and Julian Kashdan-Brown of ExtractionMichael Westthorp of High TideTom Wilson of Forest Dwellers and Sheryl Ang and Yuta Nakayama of Tree Whisperers.
 
In addition, thanks to the Building Centre Team, Install Archive, workshops and all other partners for making this project and nomination possible.
 
Ahead of COP26, we are utilising opportunities to highlight that governance is central to support all forestry. We are demonstrating the role of tropical forests for our future and climate mitigation. Projects will remind all stakeholders of the priority needed for tropical forests and activities within. The TTF – as leaders in supply chain governance – demonstrate that there is already the means to incentive change while encouraging investment and trade.
 
The in-person exhibition at the Building Centre has closed, remaining online. The installations will be repurposed for COP26 activities to continue conversations. FLEGT and climate change will feature on the agenda of our World of Wood platform through Global Forests need Global Governance.