The first book to fully assess the role which forest certification can play in Sustainable Forest Management. As well as providing a clear exposition of the rationale for certification, it gives practical advice on developing, selecting and operating a certification programme which provides both market security and raises standards of forestry management. It presents a thorough analysis of all the issues surrounding certification, including the commercial benefits to be gained, the policy mechanisms required, the interpretation and implementation of forestry management standards, and the process of certification itself. The handbook includes directories giving details of certified forests to date, international and national initiatives, and active certification programmes. "This is a clear and balanced overview of the key issues relating to timber certification. I strongly recommend it". Chris Elliot, Senior Forests Officer, WWF International.
(Hardback only reprint from Dec 2004)~Available to purchase from publisher.