The government’s recent acceptance of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) as proof of timber’s sustainability confirms that the programme is a world-class forest certification system, according to the independent Sustainable Forestry Board.

The board, which has authority over SFI, said the decision by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber showed SFI was a clear indicator of sustainable forest management.

William Banzhaf, board president, said: “We congratulate the UK government for the transparent and comprehensive manner in which the world’s foremost certification systems were assessed.

“We are pleased that the UK has joined many organisations throughout North America that support the SFI standard as an excellent vehicle to encourage the sustainable management of the world’s forests.”