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The Forest Certification Handbook

1st Edition

By Kogan Page Ltd.

CRC Press

240 pages

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Paperback: 9781884015892
pub: 1996-01-01
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The last decade saw dramatic concern for forest problems. The future decades will witness an even more dramatic interest. Certification of forests provides a guarantee to buyers of timber products that their purchases come from well-managed forests that will not support unsustainable or inequitable practices. This produces multiple advantages to those with stakes in the entire chain of production, not the least of which is justification of their pricing. The Forest Certification Handbook is the first book to fully assess the role of certification and provide practical advice on developing, selecting and operating a program.

The most critical role of certification is providing an incentive to forest owners and managers to raise the standard of their forest management. With international and national initiatives supporting specific principles for forest management and means of quality assessment taking place, The Forest Certification Handbook is the only published guide of its kind to eliminate any confusion. Here, in clear, exacting language, is all of the information you will need to complete a certification program.


"This is a clear and balanced overview of the key issues relating to timber certification. I strongly recommend it."

Chris Elliot, Senior Forests Officer,

WWF International

Table of Contents


Part 1 Certification in Context

Forest Problems

Market and policy failures within and outside the forestry sector

Institutional failures

Weak and/or inappropriate tenure

Competing Stakeholder Interests and the Goal of Sustainability

Competing stakeholder interests

The goal of sustainable forest management

Policy Requirements

National level

International level


External and internal standards

How standards are set by ISO

Existing initiatives in standard setting

Remaining dilemmas in standard-setting

Where Certification Fits

Certification: A market-based instrument

Forest needs and certification's possible role

Part 2 Certification in Practice

Design Issues

The importance on environmental management systems at the LFMU level


The certification body

How Certification Works in Practice

Selection of the appropriate forest area


Scoping visit

Document review (examination)

Field assessment (examination/validation)

Peer review (validation)


Labelling (chain of custody)

Periodic review (surveillance)


Case studies

Part 3 Current initiatives and Views

Forest Initiatives and Certification

International initiatives

National initiatives

Initiatives which are commonly confused with certification

Views on Certification

Views of the main stockholder groups

Overall trends in the certification debate

The Sticky issues-differing views that need resolving

Part 4 Directories

Active Certification Programs

International and National Certification Initiatives

Certified Forest



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General