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FSC Forest Stewardship Council

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FSC: UN Report on Sustainable Development Goals Confirms Role of Forest Certification

03.08.2017 Share

The United Nations report Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals recently released by the UN Secretary General includes for the first time forest certification as an indicator to report on the progress made in achieving sustainable forest management.

The Statistical Index that comes with the report gives details about the growth of certified forest area in the world from 2010 to 2014, from 7.09% to 11.01% of all forests in the world, with large differences between continents and categories of countries.

This report shows, for the first time, that the UN regards forest certification as one of the key tools to put sustainable forest management into practice. It is a clear signal to governments, international institutions, forest owners and managers and the business sector that certification such as FSC facilitates, is a concrete way to help achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, says John Hontelez, Chief Advocacy Officer of FSC International. 

FSC offers a concrete and reliable instrument to promote sustainable forests certification which contributes to the protection of biodiversity, helps fight climate change, improves the livelihoods of forest dependent people and gives consumers an opportunity to put their ambitions for sustainable consumption into practice. In fact, FSC has identified 11 Sustainable Development Goals to which its certification scheme is contributing. Among these are Goal 1 of No Poverty, Goal 2 of Zero Hunger, Goal 6 of Clean Water and Sanitation and Goal 15 of Life on Land.