Forest Certification

“Forest Certification is a market based non-regulatory conservation tool designed to recognize and promote responsible forest management. Through certification,timber harvest planning and practices are evaluated by an independent third party, according to standards that address environmental protection as well as social and economic welfare”.

Need for Forest Certification:

  • Forest certification aims at an economically viable, socially acceptable and sustainable use of forest resources, while maintaining appropriate environmental safeguards and intra and inter generational equity.
  • An internationally accepted system of third party assessment of forest management standards by accredited certification bodies. Independent evaluation of forest management practices.
  • Market driven mechanism which is independent of legislative and policy fluctuations of member nations.
  • Greater insurance of the markets against market restrictions. (FAO report)
  • Improved commitment to forest resource management . (FAO report)
  • Promoting responsible trade in forestry sector and offering specific consideration to the unique needs of small and family forest owners while being equally used by large landowners.
  • To provide for affordable cost of certification, particularly for small forest owners and to ensure best price premium for the certified goods in the market.
  • Long term supply security because of the sustainability of the supplying forests (FAO report)
  • To give society confidence that people manage forests sustainably.
  • Exposure to internationally accepted and recognized systems and practices in forest management, administration, monitoring and evaluation and resource inventory management.
  • Enforced adherence to internationally accepted standards of health and safety of forest workers, use and maintenance of safety equipments, workers rights etc.


Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests aims to ensure collaborative and streamlined efforts for the development of National Forest Certification Standards and Scheme (NFCSS) in India. It aims to promote the implementation of improved Forest practices in the country and further the development of healthier,
sustainable: economically beneficial, environmentally responsible and socially appropriate in accordance with national policies, institutional frameworks and sustainability usage norms. NCCF has initiated the process of developing the Standards for Certification of Forest Management and Tress Outside Forests in India 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 (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM)), business groups, forest based industries, NGOs (social and environment related), workers and trade unions, and certification bodies etc.

NCCF has since been admitted to the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)’s National Governing Council, enabling us to represent PEFC in India in terms of business through forest certifications.

The Forest Certification further comprises of two components:

  • Forest Management Certification:

    A process leading to the issuance of a certificate by an independent party, which verifies that an area of forest/plantation is managed as per the defined standards.

    The use of C&I will greatly improve the quality of information about forests and the impacts of forest management practices on forest resources. Thus C&I are tools used to define, assess and monitor progress towards sustainable forest management.

  • Chain of Custody Certification

    A process of tracking wood products from the certified forest to the point of sale to ensure that product originated from a certified forest.The standard used for CoC certification is the PEFC ST 2002:2013, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements. All applications for chain of custody certification are received and processed by certification bodies (CBs).