Home-grown tag for forest products

India launches process to develop forest certification system
September 29, 2016
Forest Certification_Dainik Jagran_17 March 2015
September 29, 2016

Home-grown tag for forest products


A consortium of industry and government experts has launched an agency to grant domestic certification of forests that will help forest products from India bound for export markets earn stamps of sustainability.

The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) will pencil India-specific standards for assessment and certification to help forest products - from wooden handicrafts to furniture to paper - carry tags signalling responsible forestry, industry officials said.

"Importers across Europe and North America are increasingly insisting on products that come from certified forests," said Manu Jose Mattam, director of the natural resources division of the Scientific Certification Systems India, a private entity that is already certifying forests in India using a set of standards developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international agency based in Germany.

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