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.