Stronger protection of biodiversity and an increase in the supply of FSC-labelled timber and paper to Europe will be the outcome, WWF claimed. Sweden is the world's fourth-largest producer of sawn softwood and the seventh-largest producer of paper. Last week, WWF announced FSC "chain-of-custody" certification for two of Poland's largest particle board producers, bringing the total number of FSC-certified Polish wood products firms to 60.
Meanwhile, the rival Pan-European Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme is making headway in Finland (ENDS Daily 30 August). PEFC certification was granted on Monday to an association representing owners of 1.5m hectares in the east of the country. PEFC's Finnish branch said that if the pace of certification continues as expected, more than 90% of Finland's forests will be PEFC-certified by the end of the year.
FSC, tel: +52 95 14 69 05; PEFC, tel: +352 26 25 90 59
Please enter your details
Not a subscriber?
Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.