Environmental Impacts of Forest Certification

Environmental Impacts of Forest Certification

Overall, FSC and PEFC certifications produce positive environmental impacts, compared to non-certified, conventionally logged forests. Strong positive impacts are in particular reported for fauna, where all studies included demonstrate that both FSC and PEFC succeed in preserving animal species, including ones listed as endangered and vulnerable by IUCN. However, these positive outcomes are only achieved if logging intensity is low, if certified forests are surrounded by a relatively unfragmented landscape, and if hunting is strictly controlled. Such highlights the crucial importance of contextual, enabling conditions for certification systems to produce positive results. Generally, impacts on flora and ecosystem services are also positive, but moderately so.

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Eco-Business – Have APP and APRIL both broken their no-deforestation promises?

Two of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), may have defaulted on their landmark no-deforestation commitments by using suppliers linked to forest clearing in Indonesia, research shared by a coalition of non-government organisations (NGO) has found.

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AP – Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

AP – Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities.

The Forest Stewardship Council said Thursday that it had halted a process that could have enabled the Asia Pulp & Paper arm of Sinarmas to be readmitted to the organization.

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