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Does Forest certification make a difference? – An analysis of non-industrial private forestry in Sweden

Lidestav, Gun; Berg, Lejon Solveig


In the footsteps of national and international environmental debates, and an increasing consumer pressure for sustainable wood and paper products, the Swedish forest land is increasingly becoming certified according to one or more of the schemes developed since early 1990ties. Almost 11 million ha, mainly in state and company owned forest land, are certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. On non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land the competing Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes PEFC, now covering approximately 7.7 million ha certified forests. This paper focuses on NIPF; raising the questions of whom do certify their forest, and in what way this has influenced their management behavior. The forest owners were categorize with respect to forest certification or not, and female or male, self-active or not, resident or not within these two categories. Irrespective of the forest certification as an consequence of a special management behavior or not, an analysis was conducted to verify if forest owner of a certificated management units and not certificated management units respectively have any characteristic in common. Differences in degree of forest certification, with respect to the size of the management units, gender, self-active and resident, has also been analyzed. Silvicultural and cutting treatments performed on the management units have been categorized compared to forest certification or not. At the conference results regarding activities performed at the forest management units and the private forest owners attitude to forest certification or not will be performed, with respect to different categories of forest owners


Consecutive data; forest certification; forestry activity; private forest owner

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Titel: Small scale forestry in a changing world : opportunities and challenges in a changing world : opportunities and challenges and the role of extension and technology transfer : proceedings of the conference
ISBN: 978-961-6425-53-7
Utgivare: Slovenian Forest institute


IUFRO Conference, Small Scale Forestry in a Changing World: Opportunities and Challenges and the Role of Extension and Technology Transfer