Forest Certification in the Tropics

Lead Author: Matthew Wenban-Smith

Publish date: 03.28.2007

 

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This report argues that an objective evaluation of forest certification in the tropics, and specifically Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, shows that the impacts are more significant, quantitatively and qualitatively, than critics care to recognize. The evidence is that demand for certification is leading to an increase in sustainable forest management in the tropics. But certification is no quick fix, and it does not operate in isolation of more traditional efforts to support sustainable management. Greater governmental and intergovernmental support would enhance its impact.