Last month, a national newspaper reported that certificates had been awarded despite serious violations of sustainable management principles, and that Norske Skog had been paying a premium for wood certified to come from "sustainably managed" forests that were nothing of the kind. (ENDS Daily 22 February).
Viken Skog was the first producer to be awarded a certificate after signing up to a 23-point agreement between the industry and environmentalists known as Living Forests. This is seeking endorsement under the Pan-European Forest Certification initiative.
Losing the certificate would cost the company "several million" krone a spokesman said. Viken Skog hopes to have the certificate returned by the end of May, once it has satisfied DNV that it is in compliance with the standards.
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