Finnish certification standards submitted to FSC

11 October 2010

An FSC standard in Finland has moved closer following the approval of a draft standard in the country by the Finnish FSC Association.

The forest industry, in close co-operation with environmental organisations, drafted the standards, which will now be submitted to FSC International for examination and approval.

The industry sees the ability to offer both FSC and PEFC-certified products as increasingly important in the market.

“FSC certification is also very important for the utilisation of domestic wood raw material, which is produced in small forest holdings, that we will have a comprehensive solution that is backed both by the forest industry and by environmental organisations,” said Anders Portin, Finnish Forest Industries Federation spokesperson.

About 95% of Finland’s commercial forests have been certified, with the PEFC standard being the predominant forest certification system in the country.