What is Sustainable Forest Management Certification
Sustainable Forest Management certification provides assurances that forests are conserved and managed responsibly to ensure they deliver social, environmental and economic benefits now and in the future – balancing people, planet and profit.
Sustainable Forest Management focuses on conserving the natural habitats of plants and animals and respecting the rights of forestry workers and local communities. Growing and harvesting timber sustainably provides valuable income and work opportunities whilst conserving the forest for future generations. This means that there is an ongoing incentive to manage the forest responsibly, with equal emphasis on the social, environmental and economic aspects. More and more forest owners are opting for certification to demonstrate responsible forest management practices.
Certified forest managers have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability. They have devoted substantial effort to ensuring that their forest management meets the requirements of the Australian Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management, and they have been independently audited by an accredited certification body.
The Sustainable Forest Management standard contains nine elements
Forest management shall be undertaken in a systematic manner appropriate to the nature and scale of the enterprise and provide for continual improvement.