UK warms to more sustainable timber schemes

The UK government has doubled the number of forest certification schemes it accepts as ensuring wood comes from legal and sustainable sources, conditionally approving the international PEFC and American SFI schemes. Both have made changes to procedures in response to earlier criticisms by the government. The PEFC welcomed Britain's move. Environmental groups, which support the competitive FSC scheme, decried it as a "major setback". UK environment ministry press release and responses by PEFC and NGOs.

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