Forest certification harnesses market power to improve forest management by promoting products that use wood harvested in an ecologically and socially responsible manner. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification system is the only one currently supported by West Coast Environmental Law and other environmental non-governmental organizations and Indigenous Peoples Organizations globally.
West Coast Environmental Law is an active member of FSC and was one of the principal technical drafters in the multi-year process of setting FSC certification standards for British Columbia. These standards, which first received international accreditation in 2005, assure consumers that FSC certified wood they purchase from BC comes from forests managed to stringent ecological and social standards.
West Coast Environmental Law will be working to ensure that the rigour of the FSC-BC standards is maintained during their first periodic revision, expected to conclude by 2011.
Visit www.goodwoodwatch.ca for more information on West Coast Environmental Law’s forest certification work