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SDG 11. MAKE CITIES AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS INCLUSIVE, SAFE, RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE


BY CHOOSING PEFC TIMBER
YOU CONTRIBUTE TO MORE SUSTAINABLE CITIES

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- 70% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050 - (UN)

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity.

Although cities cover less than 3% of the global terrestrial surface, they account for 78% of carbon emissions, 60% of residential water use and 76% of wood used for industrial purposes. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

 

Forests & Sustainable cities and communities

Urban forests and trees can have positive impact on urban dwellers’ livelihoods and wellbeing. They contribute to the protection of cities’ local cultural and natural heritage by enhancing communities’ sense of place, providing settings for recreational and physical activities, increasing aesthetic appreciation of the surrounding environment, inspiring artistic expression and fostering local tourism.

 

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #11

- PEFC certification promotes the use of certified timber and engineered wood products within the construction industry -

Sustainable timber is the only mainstream renewable construction material available on a large scale. Used for centuries, it allows us to meet the housing needs for the growing number of urban dwellers with the lowest environmental footprint possible.

With the 2018 revision of PEFC’s sustainable forest management standard, we now enable cities to certify urban trees and parks, making it possible for them to provide assurances to their inhabitants that city trees are managed sustainably and raising awareness of the tremendous services that trees in cities provide to urban populations.

The potential that certified wood from sustainably managed forests offers in re-shaping how cities are being built cannot be underestimated. An increasing number of building projects are now opting for PEFC-certified timber, and both public authorities and private companies are choosing to work with wood. PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification promotes the use-certified timber and engineered wood products which enables building designers and construction companies to demonstrate responsible sourcing.

 

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>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements