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A sustainable rubber plantation project

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A perennial plant that supports millions of farmers, rubber is one of the top economic crops in Thailand, but price controls and market mechanisms still depend on large buyers who direct the market to meet the needs of consumers around the world.

WHAT IS THE ISSUE ?

 

Product List

Billion USD

Billion THB

From Latex

7

217

From Wood

2

73

Total

9

290



 

Table 1 - Export value of rubber products and rubber woods, Jan-Oct 2018 (Source: Industry report of rubber and rubber wood products by the Office of Industrial Economics together with the Plastic Institute)

 

The worldwide demand for sustainably produced rubber and rubber wood that does not lead to deforestation and other negative environmental impacts is very high. Approximately one third of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests are rubber plantations.
 

WHAT IS WWF DOING ?

WWF's work focuses on improving the sustainability of the entire rubber product chain, from upstream to downstream, through small farmers to the business sector, as well as the distribution of products like latex and rubber wood. The process using small farmers as the key driver to create a sustainable product chain.   WWF-Thailand main area of the Sustainable Forestry project are including Songkhla, Rayong and Buengkan

 

The work of the sustainable rubber project has simultaneously driven among three sectors.The first aim is to resolve the long-standing issue of land tenure. The second is to support the establishment of international standards for sustainable forest management that are appropriate in the Thai context. And the last is to build up the capacity of small farmers so that they can meet international sustainability standards. This will increase marketing channels and product value and enable small farmers to compete on the world market and get a higher return for their products.
 

Participation Category

Number of Times

Number of Participants

 

Meetings

11

434

Workshop or training run organized by WWF

9

315

Total

20

749

Table 2 - Participation in activities of the Sustainable Rubber Plantation Project for subsidiary Farmers in 2018