The FSC National Initiative in Norway is now officially accredited.
In collaboration with the Danish Forest Contractors' Association and the Danish Forestry Extension, NEPCon is launching the project "Contractor Certification - a shortcut to certifying small scale forestry operations".
Should forests be part of the next climate protocol, should there be a parallel protocol or should forestry-based carbon credits remain a voluntary option?
The PEFC Council has approved a new standard for PEFC logo usage.
At least 50% of the public purchases in EU countries must fulfil green procurement criteria within the next year. The EU Green Public Procurement criteria are likely to include the FSC and PEFC labels for wood-based products.
A broader inclusion of tropical forests in certification schemes seems more realistic as indigenous and local communities' land ownership rights are becoming recognized.
Russia's Prime Minister Putin has announced a delay in the duty raise on exported logs which would most certainly have caused the import of Russian logs to Finland and other important markets to virtually cease.
The first Russian national FSC standard has been approved by FSC.
While the general wood products market is losing ground , the commitment to certification in the marketplace for wood-based products remains strong in Europea as well as North America.
FSC has sent a draft standard for group forest managers out for public consultation.
The important role of forests as provider of ecosystem services, including mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, is highlighted in two recent press releases from the The Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
As of 1st of January next year, all FSC chain of custody certified companies will be using the same set of rules: The latest version of the FSC chain of custody standard (FSC-STD-40-004 version 2.1), which is already in force and used by many companies.