The announcement marks the ninth European country in which foresters have adopted FSC certification after a long period in which private foresters in particular resisted joining the scheme. Last month, the FSC said it had certified 12.8m hectares of woodlands in Europe, mainly in Sweden and Poland (ENDS Daily 6 June). Earlier this month, WWF publicised the first Austrian forests to seek FSC certification and predicted 50,000 hectares of certified forests there over the next 12 months (ENDS Daily 3 July).
The Mexico-based FSC is predicting further growth in the area of certified forests in Europe. Forest managers in France, Italy, Romania and other countries have expressed a serious interest in the scheme, spokesperson Liviu Amariei told ENDS Daily today.
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