A new body aiming to develop a national forest certification system and formulate standards in India has been set up to promote “responsible” trade within the forestry sector for better management of Indian forestry resources.
The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) is set to have representation from a number of stakeholders including government and industry names, and is expected to complete formulation of certification standards within one year.
According to NCCF, the certification body will create standards that reflect the “plurality” of the forests and the link they have with the people of India.
NCCF chairman K K Singh said: “Though India-specific, the national forest certification system and standards shall align with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification’s globally-recognised sustainability benchmarks.”
Commenting on the new certification system, the NCCF stated that the idea behind the launch was to ensure that responsible forestry practice was encouraged throughout India, whilst ensuring that it is socially equitable, economically viable and environmentally friendly.
The system is also endorsed by the PEFC-International, who have stated that the national certification will have a “positive impact on forest management far beyond India”, particularly when taking into account the country’s position in international markets.
Elsewhere in the world, many other companies such as Greenwood Management have already pledged their support for the conservation of worldwide forests and the reduction in deforestation.