Varleite claims that we fail to make the same demands on Norwegian woodprocessing industry because this concerns Norwegian jobs, and it is very unpopular to advance this kind of subject. He further claims that we destroy the budding local industry in the South by making greater environmental demands on it than we do on the industry in the North.
NorWatch/FIOH has never intended to diversify our requirements to the furniture industry according to what pleases our target group. But the fact that the work towards a certification arrangement faces opposition from the industry at home, should not be an excuse to relax one's efforts under distant skies.
The jobs that may be threatened by demands for certification are not based on a sustainable exploitation of the timber resources. We therefore regard it as an advantage if we can strengthen the producers who use certified timber, in Norway as elsewhere.
That such a process may take time, is unfortunately a fact we have to live with.
Norwatch Newsletter 17/98