Forest certification in Finland

Forest certification is a market-based, non-regulatory tool designed to recognize and promote environmentally-responsible forestry and sustainability of forest resources.

Two global certification systems, the FSC and the PEFC, are used in Finland. They are based on criteria which address social and economic welfare as well as environmental sustainability. Criteria have been developed in broad-based processes.

Forest certification extends to more than 90% of Finnish commercial forests

More than 90% of Finnish forests, which are used for commercial purposes, have been PEFC certified. Interest in FSC certification has been growing in recent years, and the area certified under FSC scheme has recently exceeded one million hectares, representing over 4% of Finnish forests in commercial use. Almost all of Finland's FSC-certified forests have also been certified under the PEFC scheme.

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