Forest management certification is a market based conservation initiative that aims to promote the environmental appropriate, socially beneficial, and economical viable management of forests. The idea behind certification is straightforward. A logging company demonstrates to operate with high standards both in ecological and socioeconomic aspects related to forest management. Consequently, it obtains the approval of a third-party certifying agency and thereby gains access to markets willing to pay higher prices for sustainably harvested forest products.
Some Facts about FSC Certification:
- FSC is the oldest certification scheme (in place since 1993),
- FSC is the main scheme being used for certifying tropical natural forests,
- the FSC scheme is considered to be the most complete one, and
- results of the evaluation process are published on public summaries that are available online.
Forest managers or owners who want to prove that their forest operation are socially beneficial and managed in an environmentally appropriate and economically viable manner can apply for forest management (FM) certification.