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The Forest Certification Handbook

2nd Edition

By Ruth Nussbaum, Markku Simula


320 pages

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First published in 1995, The Forest Certification Handbook has become the landmark book concerning all aspects of forest and wood product certification from policy to business to in-the-field technical issues. Yet since first publication an enormous amount has happened in the field. This new second edition has been entirely rewritten to incorporate the changes over the past decade, and is a complete and up-to-date source of information on all aspects of developing, selecting and operating a forest certification programme that provides both market security and raises standards of forest management.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Part I: How Forest Certification Schemes Work * What is a Forest Certification Scheme? * Forest Standards * Certification * Accreditation * Product Tracing and Claims * Part II: Forest Certification in Practice * Getting Started * Implementing the Standard * Getting Certified * Setting up a Group Scheme * Implementing the System * Getting Certified and Making Claims * Part III: Existing Forest Certification Schemes * Introduction to Existing Schemes * Part IV: Certification in Context: Policy, Progress and Remaining Issues * Policy and the Institutional Context of Certification * The Enabling Conditions Framework * The Impacts, Costs and Benefits of Forest Certification * Phased Approaches to Forest Certification * Capacity Building * Small Forest Enterprises * Selecting a Forest Certification Scheme * New Applications of Forest Certification * Appendix 1: Overview of Existing Schemes * Appendix 2: Sources of Information * Glossary * References * Index

About the Authors

Ruth Nussbaum is Director of ProForest. Markku Simula is a senior consultant, member of the Board of Directors of Indufor and an external adviser on the State of the World's Forests for the FAO

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry