Forests are important. They have the capacity to contribute to climate change mitigation as an integral part in the carbon cycle and contribute to regulating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, supporting livelihoods and supply goods/ services that are important for livelihoods and a green economy. Increased forest lost in recent years, and its impact on the environment, has cast doubt in peoples’ minds about the use of wood and timber products in their daily lives. There is a misconception that timber is scarce, and that the use of wood contributes to deforestation and environmental degradation, which causes many consumers to shy away from the use of wood. If managed sustainably, forests have the capacity to provide renewable resources and ecosystem services to people. Timber is a versatile material that can be used for construction, furniture, paper, firewood and much more. Wood is less energy intensive to produce and has carbon storage capacity, whilst engineered wood is more durable than concrete, steel or plastic. However, timber can only fulfil its highest potential if it comes from forests that are legally and sustainably managed, and if it is legally and responsibly processed, transported and traded. This document has been created to provide concise and important information to help consumers understand more about the benefits of wood as a renewable and versatile material. This document will provide guidance on how to source and purchase legal wood, how to avoid risks of buying high risk/illegal wood and provide guidance on the benefits and use of wood from plantations in Vietnam for architecture, construction, interior design and much more.

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