Comparison of Forest Certification Standards

Posted by Rumin Mann
September 17th, 2010

The report found that, in general, all of the studied certification standards and processes make a positive contribution to sustainable forest management, even where legislation is comprehensive and demanding such as in Canada and Australia. The report also indicates that a straight comparison of certification standards without looking at a jurisdiction’s related forest legislation is highly unreliable, and in most cases leads to erroneous conclusions since legislation generally sets a baseline for sustainable forest management. As a result, the strictness of a forest certification standard is more often due to the strength of a jurisdiction’s legislation than the type of standard (FSC or PEFC).

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