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In aiming to achieve sustainable use of renewable natural resources, WWF works with organisations and companies which agree we must live within the constraints of the environment and respect the national and international systems of governance of land, water, oceans and wildlife.

WWF was instrumental in the creation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to certify sustainable forest management

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WWF also partners with other organisations to create market mechanisms that can independently set standards for, and certify, sustainable use of renewable resources. WWF was instrumental in the creation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to certify sustainable forest management, and the similar Marine and Aquaculture Stewardship Councils (MSC and ASC) to certify sustainable management of marine and freshwater fisheries respectively. Other mechanisms WWF has helped create include the roundtables on sustainable soy and palm oil, sugar and cotton.

Palm oil is used in countless products worldwide, ranging from cosmetics to fast foods. The huge growing market demand for palm oil places the Congo forests in great peril, so WWF has committed to establishing principles for sustainable production based on the principles of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), including no conversion of existing forest. With WWF support a strategy for sustainable palm oil production has been validated for the Central Africa region at ministerial level.

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