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.

This module was developed with the kind collaboration of the following people and/or institutions:

Initiator(s): Benno Pokorny

Contributor(s): Simmone Rose, Walter Kollert, Jonas Cedergren - FAO, Forestry Department

Reviewer(s): CIFOR, IUFRO