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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

‘States should adopt forest certification’

Dehradun, June 5
Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, today organised a workshop on forest certification on World Environment Day.

DG, ICFRE, Dr VK Bahuguna said the forest certification was a mechanism for forest monitoring, tracing and labelling timber, wood and pulp products and non-timber forest products against a series of agreed standards.
He said in order to meet the growing demand for certification in the global market, the forest industry had to look for certified forests and plantations to source their raw materials. So the forest certification was required to be adopted in different states of the country and the ICFRE and its institutes could play a key role in this.
He said in the international market, there was a lot of market for certified wood and the forest certification was increasingly becoming popular in European and Western countries and once it was adopted in India, the economic prospects for the forest industry and agro-forestry would improve.
Berty Van Hensbergen, Chairman, SSC Forestry Group Ltd, who has come from England to support the forest certification in India and to give training to officers and scientists of the ICFRE on the forest certification, participated in the inaugural session of the workshop.
Forest Research Institute Director Dr PP Bhojvaid was also present on the occasion.

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