Forest Certification Moving Forward in India

The sustainable management of India’s forests is set to take a significant step forward next week with the launch of the development process of the Indian national forest certification system. This launch, an important step towards PEFC-recognized forest management certification in the country, will be part of an international conference on forest certification in New Delhi on Monday.

“In light of India’s vast forest resource, burgeoning economy, and strategic position in international markets, there is great opportunity to further position India’s forestry sector on sustainability, especially through broader uptake of forest certification,” said Sarah Price, Head of Projects and Development at PEFC International.

“Through developing India’s own forest certification system, in line with PEFC’s globally recognized sustainability benchmarks, it is envisioned that certification will become more relevant and accessible within India,” continued Ms. Price.

The “International Conference on Forest Certification – Positioning India”, which takes place on Monday 16 March 2015, in New Delhi, will bring together the key stakeholders from government, industry and civil society to advance forest certification in India.
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