Forest Stewardship Council – Helping to Protect Forests Around the World

By Allard Blom and Linda Walker
PBS Nature
May 31, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Have you ever noticed this little symbol? Chances are you’ve seen it in passing, perhaps when you were out shopping for groceries, office supplies or furniture. Well, it turns out this little symbol makes a big difference—for people and the planet. It signifies Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, which lets consumers know that a product, or even the packaging it’s wrapped in, supports responsible forestry. But what does a responsibly managed forest mean? FSC, a nonprofit cofounded in 1994 with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other partners, mobilizes markets, including forest managers, manufacturers, traders and end users of forest products like consumers, to support responsible forest management that delivers environmental and social benefits. Those benefits include protecting the rights and resources of millions of people who live in forests and rely on the services they provide. Numerous studies have underscored the indispensable role FSC certification plays in ensuring forests around the globe thrive. 

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