Proforest Southeast Asia’s Deputy Regional Director Mooi See Tor will be joining a panel at a World Forestry Congress side event to discuss our work on sustainable natural rubber as part of a session entitled ‘Pathways toward transition to Green Economy and Resilient Growth’.
Natural rubber is a strategic commodity which goes into more than 5,000 end-products. It is predominantly produced by millions of smallholder farmers, sustaining around 40 million people around the globe and generating more than US$ 300 billion. Natural rubber is emblematic of the opportunities offered by renewable materials for green economy growth and the benefits they provide for sustainable development. However, growing global demand can cause resource scarcity problems, price volatility and potential to cause instability in many regions. Major business, economic, and societal shifts towards sustainable production and consumption, embracing the circular economy, would underlie the transition to a 1.5 degree pathway. Global production can be safeguarded and sustainably increased on a lasting basis by strengthening climate resilience and can successfully contribute to climate mitigation goals.
The adoption of sustainable practices together with the implementation of an efficient traceability system will boost sustainable rubber economy, helping to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
This World Forestry Congress side event aims for an exchange of views on low-carbon green growth for promoting the sustainable production and consumption of natural rubber through collaborative partnerships with the involvement of governments, the private sector and international organisations.
For more information please download the event flier.