Forest Certification

Forest Certification Systems aim to foster and promote sustainable forest management, focusing on forest use without compromising their economic, social and environmental functions.

The Forest Certification applies to Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and to the Chain of Custody or Responsability (COC). The GFS promotes the demonstration and monitoring of a coherent and balanced forestry. The COC aims to establish a connection based on verifiable information between the raw material and the final product. The COC, when implemented in conjunction with the GFS, constitutes a reliable and credible mechanism to provide customers with information about the origin of the raw material.

The Forest Certification must be understood as a tool to support the improvement of the productive, environmental and economic performance. Among the many advantages of these systems, we stand out:

  • Valuation and differentiation of forest products
  • Reduced costs and increased process efficiency
  • Improvement of the organization’s image towards market and society
  • Creation of new market opportunities (eg.: export)
  • International recognition
  • Continuous improvement of the organization and system
  • To implement a system of forest certification, the organization must:
    • Define a policy with objectives, taking into account legal requirements, economic, social and environmental aspects
    • Implement a system of sustainable forest management and improve it continuously
    • Demonstrate compliance before the policy set

 

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was founded in 1993/94 in Canada, with the goal of promoting an environmentally responsible, social and economically reliable forest management by establishing principles and criteria for forest management recognized and respected worldwide.

The choice of the Forest Certification System to adopt depends on the type of forest products produced and on the respective requirements of national and international marketing.

The FSC certifies the management of the forest area and its respective products. It can also be applied within two levels: individual or group.

 

PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) was founded in Europe in 1998/99, based on Pan-European criteria for sustainable forest management.

It is a program that promotes and recognizes national certification schemes, promoting sustainable forest management with environmental and social benefits, but ensuring their economic viability.

One of the normative references of PEFC Portugal is the IPQ’s Portuguese Standard 4406:2005 that defines standards and requirements for sustainable forest management.

The PEFC Portugal certifies the management of the forest area, being directed to the 2 main national products - wood and cork - and can be applied to three levels: individual, group and regional.

The choice of the type of Forest Certification System to adopt depends on the type of forest products produced and on the respective market requirements, national and international.

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