“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:
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: