FSC standards address multiple environmental issues by, for example, limiting clear cuts, restricting the use of some of the most hazardous chemicals, and protecting rivers from erosion. They also address social issues, such as protecting the rights and resources of the 300 million people that live in forests and rely on this landscape for their livelihoods.
We also know that FSC-certified forests provide better working and living conditions, as well as opportunities for people to engage with companies on issues related to the forest. This finding comes from a new Africa-specific study about the social impacts of forest certification, commissioned by WWF.
Look for the label
Two things make FSC forests relatively easy to spot—a large quantity of trees and high quality forest ecosystems.
Quality and quantity are the direct result of FSC standards that help stop illegal logging, prevent the conversion of forest land, and limit soil erosion that occurs when too many trees are removed from the forest. The more soil erosion, the more water pollution, landslides, avalanches and flooding occurs.
The FSC label ensures that the products you buy are from forests managed responsibly. And it means a future for both wildlife and people.