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ICON Background of Woodmiles
ICON Global environment issues and timber@
ICON Decline of forests and illegal logging
ICON Unhealthy conditions of Japanese forests
ICON Woodmiles of Japan
energy consumption in the transportation of timber
ICON Timber procurement distance getting longer
ICON Woodmiles of Japan
ICON Energy Consumption of Imported Timber
ICON Traceability of timber
ICON New environmental index of wooden building
ICON an activity of locally consuming locally produced timber
ICON Reducing energy consumption in transportation
(Woodmileage CO2)

ICON Making timber visible (Knowledge level of logistics stops)
ICON Introduction and brief history of Woodmiles
ICON Ice broken by Foodmileage
ICON Launch of Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture
ICON Introduction of Woodmiles Forum

What are Woodmiles?
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¡ an activity of locally consuming locally produced timber

an activity of locally consuming locally produced timber gEat locally harvested foodh, gProduce products using locally produced materialsh---- these are slogans often made in order to activate local resource recycling and economy. Local timber is also being promoted to be consumed locally by many local governments and organizations for the purpose of conserving local mountains then reinvigorating local forestry by using local timber. gBuild with locally harvested timberh, gUse locally harvested timberh, gBuild a house using timber from nearby mountainsh, ga house made with locally harvested timberh, ga house made with prefectural timberh, ga house made with local timberh-----naming slogans as they like, more than 500 organizations/groups are encouraging to build houses using local timber. Forestry Ministry is also supporting these kinds of activities with a gproject to support to build houses with identifiable timber.h A website, gDatabase for building houses with identifiable timberh, operated by the Japan Housing and Wood Technology Center, is a center of information for the above groups.

Activities of glocal production, Local consumptionh, represented by building houses with local timber, have many merits, such as succession of local traditions and culture, recycling of wooden resources in small area, preservation of local nature, and activation on local industries. For those who live in urban area, however, who are usually used to mass-produced, flat-rate, and low-cost commodities, to appreciate these merits of glocal production, Local consumptionh would require certain time and experience. One of the purposes of Woodmiles is to quantify the ecological aspect of local timber then to appeal clearly to common consumers.

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