Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Forest Certification

The Forest Certification Module provides basic and more detailed information on forest certification as a third-party voluntary, market-based mechanism to promote the sustainable use of forest resources. The module explains what forest certification is, differentiates between forest management certification and chain-of-custody certification, sets out the benefits and costs, and describes the steps that a forest manager must take to acquire it. It also provides links to tools and case studies to foster access to, compliance with and use of forest certification.

In this study the international PEFC system was evaluated on the basis of the Forest Certification Assessment Guide (FCAG). The analysis takes into account the recent decisions from the PEFC General Assembly in November 2010. The results are compared to a similar evaluation of PEFC carried out for WWF in...
Forest certification can be a useful instrument for minimizing negative environmental and social impacts of logging and for maintaining ecosystem services. Certified timber generally allows access to regional and international markets at a price generally higher than what is obtained through trade of ‘normal’ timber products. In the specific case...
Natural tropical forest management faces particularly difficult challenges. Many markets, including those proximate to these forests, are not yet demanding certified products nor are they willing to pay a green premium for more expensive management practices. The lack of markets for lesser-known species creates an economic problem for tropical forests...
The overall objective of the study is to explore the current effectiveness of certification and verification schemes in Southeast Asia to strengthen the legality and sustainability of future forest management, wood processing and related trade. It analyzes how the linkages among credible certification and verification schemes and the enforcement of...
From the beginning, ITTO has highlighted that promoting forest and timber certification in the tropics is a formidable and daunting task. This is principally due to tropical forests being the richest and most diverse terrestrial ecosystems whose criteria and indicators for sustainable management are far more complex and demanding than...
Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) is situated 185km north of San Francisco, California, in the northern pacific coastal redwoods region of the US. This region, which includes Humboldt and Mendocino counties, was the site of iconic confrontations between forest conservation advocates and timber companies in the 1990s. During this time, the...
The video presents an experience of community forest management in Larose Forest, Canada. The management of this reforested area turned into a recreational site, also focuses on: cultural, environmental, social and economic values. That's why certification also plays a relevant role.
Forest certification
09 February 2015
The voluntary certification of forests as a guarantee to the buyer of timber or a forest product that the forest is well managed, those operating in it comply with legislation and the use of the forest is economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. Most of Finlands forests are certified under the...
This videa is a documentary about the work of the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) to introduce Forest Certification for Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Nepal's community forestry. Produced for ANSAB by the Nepal Forum for Environmental Journalists in association with the United States Agency for...
This review looks at the experience with communities and certification as the first in a series of systematic reviews of certification. The analysis titled “A Decade of Certification: Reflecting on the Way Forward” includes an assessment of community experiences with certification to date, an evaluation of the range of direct...
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