Before Chain of Custody can even be considered, the raw material needs to be legally and responsibly grown. As with COC, Forest Management certification is a voluntary, market mechanism designed to improve the quality and efficacy of forest management.
The idea behind it is that foresters understand the competing uses and users of the forest and plan and manage accordingly. Three major principles underscore Sustainable Forest Management (SFM): the forest must pay its way (economics), treat the workers and forest dependent people fairly and justly (social) and retain the long term productivity of the forest, land, water resources and wildlife (environment). With this in mind, it is hoped that consumers will select products that come from well-managed forests in preference to products from badly managed forests. In practice, the proportion of the world’s forests managed under the two major Certification schemes is still less than 10% but the trend is upwards, however slow!
Consulting, auditing and reporting on how the raw material of the timber industries is grown, harvested and transported provides us with invaluable understanding of the difficulties in sourcing and maintaining legal and sustainable supply.
Whilst Ligna is no longer involved directly in Forest Management, Mike Greenland is a trained forester and we can assist in the development of management plans and consult on the running of Group FSC® Forest Management schemes.
We keep up to date with all things Forest Management through auditing FSC certificate holders on behalf of Soil Association Woodmark. This also helps us with understanding all the other services we offer.