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Growing credibility? The impact of certification on forests and people in South Africa

Certification has developed more rapidly in South African forestry than in most countries of the South. This report looks at the motivations behind the spread of certification in the South African forest and wood products industry and describes how firms have implemented the two main systems used – the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) performance-based approach and the International Organisation for tandardisation (ISO) process-based approach. The report assesses the impacts of certification on forest management, forest stakeholders and policy, as well as the impacts on certified company supply chains and market shares. It also looks forward to examine the potential future role of certification in enabling forestry to deliver tangible economic, environmental and social benefits.

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Frost, B., Mayers, J. and Roberts, S. 2003. Growing credibility: impact of certification on forests and people in South Africa. International Institute for Environment and Development, London.