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.

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...
Since 2000, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (Canada) has been assisting private landowners and local municipalities in achieving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for their forests. Today, over 12,000 hectares of private forest and 40,000 hectares of community forest have been certified. The Model Forest has also facilitated the use...
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.
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...
Although the development of and debate on forest certification currently focuses on wood products, certification is also relevant to non-wood forest products (NWFP). While discussions on NWFP certification have increased recently, the applicability and impact of certification as a tool to promote the sustainable use of NWFP remains unclear and less...
This article, based on a series of interview on a detailed forest certification case study in Brazil, is only available in Spanish.
As of 2013, however, the Congo basin had the largest area of certified natural tropical forest in the world, with about 5.3 million ha. This is still a relatively small proportion (ca. 7–13%) of all FMUs in the region. We believe it is time, before certification expands further, to assess...
Responsible forest management means that forests are managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable way. Forest certification is a labelling system used to encourage responsible forest management by providing added value to forest products from well-managed forests. Certification is also used as a tool to promote the...
The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has been involved in forest certification since 1999. We believe in forest certification as a viable opportunity for Ontario’s forest sector to better access domestic and international wood markets, and as a means to publicly recognize the quality forest management occurring in our forests...
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