Geography - Regional and local scale
Regional and local scale
National initiatives based on the FSC guidelines are under development
in more than 12 countries, ranging from Brazil to Sweden to Indonesia
Forest Stewardship Council was established because of the often very slow
progress of intergovernmental agreements. The FSC was established in 1993
and it contains representatives from NGOs, the timber industry, scientists,
and indigenous peoples. In 1994, FSC adopted a set of principles and
criteria for the sustainable management  of forests, as well as
guidelines on how to conduct field inspections and verify the chain of
custody of certified forest products as they travel from the forest to the
store shelf. This is following the tree from producer to consumer.
The FSC has been criticised as being anti-industry and having inflexible
principles as well as being too driven by a 'green' agenda. But major
retailers, who can assure their customers that their wood products are from
sustainably managed forests, endorse it.
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