DPWN supports WWF rainforest project in Indonesia
- Support for the regeneration of peat swamp forests
- Cooperation project for uniform global certification standard
Deutsche Post World Net and WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Germany are strengthening their cooperation and starting up a joint global climate protection project. The aim is to restore peat swamp forests in Indonesia and to develop an internationally recognized standard for forest-related climate protection projects. The Group is supporting WWF Germany over a period of two years in this effort.
"Protecting against climate change is our top environmental priority and we are therefore delighted to support the promotion and development of voluntary climate protection measures as a partner of WWF Germany," confirms Thomas Kipp, Member of the Board of Deutsche Post's MAIL Division.
The project should help to restore dried up forest areas in the Sebangau National Park in Indonesia to their natural state. By introducing specific measures, such as building a dam to raise the groundwater table and reforestation, it is hoped that the ecological function of the forests as reservoirs and habitats for a range of different species will be restored. This will reduce the environmental damage caused by peat fires and the subsequent release of CO 2 emissions.
As part of the project, it is intended that a new international certification method be developed by the end of 2008: "The introduction of a standard such as this for voluntary climate protection projects in forest regions creates a scientific and credible basis for sustainable climate protection. The standard will combine both biological and socio-economical interests and can be widely used for different types of projects," says Bernhard Bauske, Head of Strategic Cooperation at WWF Germany.
Improving environmental performance
The Group has been working for some time on improving its environmental performance. As part of the launch of its environmental management system, for example, numerous processes have been started up in the MAIL and EXPRESS divisions to significantly reduce and offset CO 2 emissions in the area of transport.
The positive impact on the climate and the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will also help support the expansion of Deutsche Post World Net's climate-neutral GoGreen service. This year both business and private customers in Germany will have the opportunity to send their mail items using this climate-neutral method.
With this project, the MAIL division is also contributing towards the objectives of Deutsche Post World Net as a whole: "The cooperation between WWF Germany and the MAIL division is a flagship project for us and an excellent example of how progress can be made in protecting against climate change through collaboration between environmental organizations and the world of commerce," says Monika Wulf-Mathies, responsible for Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability, in praise of the project.