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Forestry sector - Certifications

Dense forest with trees

Sustainable forest management

Forests are an essential part of our natural heritage, and the future of our society depends on their conservation. Good forestry practices and sustainable forest management are essential to forest maintenance and the fight against forest degradation, desertification and the loss of biodiversity. The forest management certification is the tool that managers and forest owners can use to show their commitment to responsible forest management. Aside from this, the commitment to forestry products, both wood and non-wood, emphasises the use of renewable raw materials, respecting the environment. The chain of custody certification is necessary for creating an informational link between a forest product and its sustainable origin.

Certification schemes for the PEFCand FSC® are in line with the legal requirements regarding illegal wood. Nevertheless, organisations can also opt for AENOR certification for Due Diligence Systems, in conformity with the current legal requirements in Europe under the framework of the EUTR.

Finally, certification schemes like ENplus and BIOMASUD contribute to the focus on using biofuels, which are generally used to substitute fossil fuels.

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Specific certifications for Forest and wood products

Machines picking up logs in a forest
Sustainable forest management

Chain of custody for forest products
Chain of custody for forest products
  • ​PEFC Chain of custody for forest products 
  • FSC Chain of custody for forest products

Pieces of biofuel

Due diligence system
Due diligence system

The most popular generic certifications for Forest and wood products

Pieces of stacked round wood and a leaf

Dense autumnal forest.


Guatemala seen from above

January 2017 - No. 322

Sustainable development in Guatemala

REDD projects aim to halt deforestation in places where it increases daily

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Forest and part of a lake

​​​Mayo 2014 - No. 294

FSC certification in 16 countries

The certification guarantees that the product comes from a responsibly-managed forest, conforming with environmental, social and economic criteria.

See article

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