Sustainable Rattan

Sustainable Rattan Industries

Unsustainable harvest is a great issue when dealing with rattan. Major depletions of rattan leads to forest degradation. Up to 55 percent of harvest is wasted along the supply chain. Highly toxic substances causing air, water and soil pollution and health issues for workers. Non-registered rattan traders can undercut legitimate traders. Over 90 percent of finished rattan products currently produced in Cambodia and Lao PDR do not comply with required product quality standards and lack proper licenses.

The SWITCH-Asia "Establishing a Sustainable Production System for Rattan Products in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam" project seeks to address the "Sustainable Rattan Industries" and aims to boost the export of sustainable rattan products from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. By 2015, the project envisions that at least 50% of rattan processing in the region is sustainable, leading to environmental improvements, strengthened competitiveness, poverty alleviation and national economic benefits. The SWITCH-Asia project trains villagers in harvesting sustainable rattan and producing sustainable furniture. Linking local producers with global value chains creates new local income opportunities and employment. The objective: poverty alleviation and protection of natural resources at the same time. The project involves all actors in the rattan supply chain.

Duration: 1/2009 - 12/2011

Total budget: EUR 2,417,694 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Thibault Ledecq

WWF Greater Mekong Laos Country Programme,

P.O Box 7871, House n 39, Unit 05, Ban Saylom
Phone: +856 21 216 080

WWF Austria WWF Austria
World Wide Fund for Nature has offices in Austria, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. As the main applicant WWF Austria is responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the rattan project and leads the market link activities.
Vietnam Cleaner Production Center (VNCPC) Vietnam Cleaner Production Center (VNCPC)
VNCPC, a member of the UNIDO/UNEP Network of National Cleaner Production Centres, was founded in 1998. VNCPC will lead all activities related to cleaner production in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Artisans’ Association of Cambodia (AAC) Artisans’ Association of Cambodia (AAC)
AAC members consist of NGOs and SMEs involved in the production of handmade crafts. AAC will provide technical inputs, coordinate activities on Fair Trade certification, product development, ILO standard and support links to the market.
Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI)
LNCCI will implement trainings on management, export market requirements and facilitate business links between rattan traders and processors. LNCCI will play report to the Government and facilitate meetings.
Impact sheet Sustainable Rattan Industries Impact sheet Sustainable Rattan Industries

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Project Fact Sheet

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Progress Sheet

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Project Presentation Oct 2011

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Project Poster

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