Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Which Forest Certification System is the FASTEST growing worldwide?
According to the United National Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) ‘Forest Product Annual Market Review’, FSC is still the FASTEST growing Forest Certification System Worldwide!
“…growth in FSC certification has been more rapid in recent times. The FSC-certified forest area stood at 129 million hectares in May 2010 up from 107 million hectares in January 2009. Much of the increase in the FSC-certified area during the period took place in North America (+10.7 million hectares) and the Russian Federation (+4 million hectares).”
In 2010, FSC certification in Canada grew by 18% (or 6.3 million ha) to 40.6 million ha (100 million acres). The area of FSC-certified forests in Canada is now equivalent to an area half the size of Alberta! This rapid growth in supply of FSC-certified fibre is anticipated to continue as an additional 8.5 million ha (21million acres) of forests are in the process of becoming certified.
For a list of FSC-certified forests, visit: www.fsccanada.org/fsccertifiedforests.htm
To view the report, visit: http://timber.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/publications/sp-25.pdf