Forest management auditing is expanding from its traditional focus on forest management, stewardship and Chain of Custody certification to more innovative topics such as ecosystem services, forest carbon credits, Non-Wood Forest Products, wood energy and Fair Trade certification. Forest managers, auditors and project developers require a new range of skills, capacities and expertise to monitor these issues.
This book outlines the market-based tools that are required by such professionals to ensure corporate social responsibility in the forestry sector. It shows how a mutual learning process between established forest certification processes and innovative markets is needed. It addresses key topics such as High Conservation Value (HCV) approaches, the role of independent certification versus due diligence process and the engagement of smallholders and SMEs. Beginning with a market and policy analysis, the book fosters a deeper understanding of standards, methodologies and auditing techniques. Numerous case studies are included from a wide range of contexts, including both temperate and tropical forests in developed and developing countries. Overall, the book analyses all the steps towards forest management and forest products and services certification.
Table of Contents
1. Cutting-edge: sustainability in the forestry sector PART I: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE FORESTRY SECTOR 2. Emerging policies and legality requirements: the initiatives of public institutions 3. Corporate governance and related voluntary tools: Codes of Conduct, Sustainability Reporting, Compensation and Commitments 4. Certification schemes and process 5. Certified forest products and services: a market snapshot PART II: STANDARDS AND SYSTEMS OF FOREST PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CERTIFICATION 6. FSC® Forest Management certification 7. FSC® Chain of Custody certification 8. Forest carbon offsetting and standards 9. Woody biomass certification standards 10. Certification standards applicable to Non Wood Forest Products 11. Fair Trade certification of forest products 12. At the frontier: towards Ecosystem Services certification PART III: AUDITING TECHNIQUES IN THE FOREST SECTOR 13. FSC® Forest Management auditing 14. FSC® Chain of Custody auditing 15. Forest carbon project cycle and auditing 16. Auditing requirements of the Sustainable Biomass Program 17. Non Wood Forest Products certification and auditing
Lucio Brotto is Co-Founder and Director of the Sustainable Investments Unit at ETIFOR, a spin-off company of the University of Padova, Italy. He is active in developing and auditing forest-based projects and has experience in Europe, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, DR Congo, Uganda, Angola, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cambodia and Vietnam. Typically Lucio is involved with sustainable planning and management of forests according to voluntary certification standards such as the FSC and carbon standards.
Davide Pettenella is Professor of Forest Policy and Economics at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padova, Italy. He has worked with numerous organizations including the World Bank, FAO, European Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ENCC in developing countries and economies in transition.