15 Feb '12, 9pm

Paper giant hammered on forest certification claims via @mongabay

Paper giant hammered on forest certification claims via @mongabay

WWF asked the nominated certification schemes and assessors whether they supported the APP claim and also asked for detail of what specific APP products or operations were covered by their certifications. The survey covered the key social and environmental measures of free prior and informed consent by landowners and protection of high conservation value forests for forest operations and forest clearance for plantations." None of the schemes or assessors endorsed the APP statement, with major certifier SGS noting that "None of the TLTV (legality) evaluations conducted by SGS and the statements issued by SGS provide the company with the right to claim that their operations are ‘sustainable forest management' " and "The SGS certificates/statements do not support the claim of ‘sustainability'." No certificate or assessment issued evaluated the sustainability of the APP group ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0215-app_forest_certificati...

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