Development of Trees outside Forest Certification Standard

The concept of TOF is not new in the country and targeted efforts to promote , expand and increase production from this resource holds promise. NCCF has launched an initiative to develop management standards for Trees outside forests and calls for the nomination from relevant stakeholders.. We sturdily believe that the TOF has great contribution in fulfilling industrial raw material demand and also off load the burden on national forest for meeting the human requirement for forest fibre and bringing them in purview of certification will eliminate the market barriers for poor farmers, who grows these trees on their farmland with agricrop as insurance to their main event in life such as education of child , marriage etc.

The Technical Working group of 5 members for TOF standard development process has been formed and a notice for inviting Expression of Interest Standard Development group (SDG) for TOF certification standard has been sent to all the relevant stakeholders (industry, environment, forest department) and development is going on for formation of a SDG. Besides outlining the basic framework of the TOF certification standard, TWG members are closely associated with PEFC Task Force on Trees Outside Forest initiative.


  1. List of SDG-TOF
  2. Terms of Reference SDG
  3. Expression of Interest