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Indian Forest & Wood Certification Scheme

Why is it in the news?

  • The Ministry of Environment has launched the Indian Forest & Wood Certification Scheme.

More about the news

  • The scheme is designed to promote sustainable forest management and agroforestry practices in India.
  • It operates through voluntary third-party certification.
  • The Indian Forest and Wood Certification Council serve as a multistakeholder advisory body overseeing the scheme.
  • The Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, is responsible for the overall management of the Indian Forest and Wood Certification Scheme.
  • Offers market incentives to various entities, including state forest departments, individual farmers, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), and wood-based industries.
  • Rewards entities practicing responsible forest management and agroforestry.
  • The Scheme encompasses three types of certifications: Forest Management Certification; Tree Outside Forest Management Certification; and Chain of Custody Certification.
  • Introduces a unique Trees Outside Forests Standard within the scheme.


About Forest Management Certification

·       Aligned with the Indian Forest Management Standard and incorporates 8 criteria, 69 indicators, and 254 verifiers, integrated into the National Working Plan Code 2023.

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