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Mondi Group and IUFRO announces three-year partnership to identify science-based solutions to tackle impact of climate change on forest

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Mondi Group and IUFRO announces three-year partnership to identify science-based solutions to tackle impact of climate change on forest

July 13, 2021 - 07:22
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VIENNA, Austria, July 13, 2021 (Press Release) -Mondi Group, a global leading global packaging and paper company and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), announce a three-year partnership to identify science-based viable responses to climate-related threats to forests and forest-based industries.

This partnership comes at a crucial time when drought, extreme weather events and outbreaks of forest pests and diseases are causing severe damage to forests in many parts of the world. Joining forces to mitigate the impact of climate change is vital for people’s wellbeing, biodiversity, the economy and the forest industry, in particular.

The forest sector has a significant role to play in tackling climate change and contributing to sustainable development worldwide as formulated in the United Nations 2030 Agenda. However, climate change requires a broad discussion among policy makers and stakeholders on how future forest landscapes could meet both the supply needs of the industry and the provision of multiple ecosystem services provided by forests. This broad discussion must be supported by the best available scientific knowledge to build resilient forests.

In light of this, the IUFRO-Mondi partnership, as a global partnership with a pan-European focus, aims to establish a science-business platform where both organisations will partner to address climate change challenges and identify ways forward for the wider forestry and business community to ensure a sustainable future.

“With ca. 80% of our business fibre-based, we consider sustainability across the entire value chain, including a strong focus on renewable wood fibre from sustainably managed forest operations. Our partnership with IUFRO will allow us to actively collaborate with the scientific community in a structured way to address climate change challenges, gain broad access to research, and convert this into practical applications and improved operations. This gained know-how will also enable us to share our insight with other sectors and industries to mobilise change collaboratively so that we can all contribute to a better world.”

Dirk Längin, Group Head of Fibre Sourcing at Mondi and Co-Chair of the IUFRO- Mondi Partnership Steering Group

Alexander Buck, Executive Director of IUFRO and Co-Chair of the IUFRO-Mondi Partnership Steering Group, said: “IUFRO’s vision is to serve the needs of forest-related research and decision making worldwide. To be able to do so, it is essential for scientists to also effectively identify and address information requirements of business and industry to develop science-based solutions. Our partnership with Mondi is the outcome of continued cooperation since 2017 and underscores our strong commitment to the important role of forest-related business and science in advancing action towards sustainable development.”

The main focus of the partnership will include: think tank meetings that provide information on and access to the latest data on climate change and SDGs and identify options for response measures to mitigate risks; stakeholder dialogues to share and discuss findings of studies, and engage partners and public, private and civil society stakeholders to identify pathways and options for the way forward; scientific studies, workshops; and regular communications to facilitate best practice sharing.

About IUFRO

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations is the only world‐wide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences. It offers a global network for voluntary cooperation and connects more than 600 Member Organizations in more than 120 countries worldwide. Its members are research institutions, universities, and individual scientists as well as decision‐making authorities and other stakeholders with a focus on forests and trees. IUFRO aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions.

Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. Earlier this year, Mondi launched its ten-year plan on sustainability, Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030), designed to tackle sustainability issues across the value chain. Part of its commitments include maintaining zero deforestation in its wood fibre supply and sourcing from healthy and resilient forests, as well safeguarding biodiversity.

We lead the industry with our customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2020, Mondi had revenues of €6.66 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.35 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.