Development of Forest Management Certification Standard

NCCF has developed the Draft Forest Management Certification Standard.

NCCF has developed the Draft Forest Management Certification Standard through a multi stakeholder Standard Development Group (SDG), represented by professional foresters, premier forestry research and academic institutions of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (ICFRE and IIFM), business groups, forest based industries, NGOs (social and environment related), workers and trade unions, and certification bodies etc.  The draft standards would be India specific; and would involve key elements of existing models in India viz the Bhopal India Process of the IIFM, the National Working Plan Code and the provisions contained in the National Forest Policy for promotion of afforestation, sustainable utilization of forest products and growth of the forest based industries.

The Standard Development Group (SDG)  has prepared the Draft Forest Management Certification Standard (Version 1.0) through extensive consultative process, online (60days) as well as through regional consultation meetings and its updated version is being put to pilot testing in some states in different bio geographical zones, before the standards are finalized and launched for use by the certification bodies.