Certification Schemes and the Impacts on Forests and Forestry

Graeme Auld, Lars H. Gulbrandsen, Constance L. McDermott
2008 Annual Review Environment and Resources  
Certification schemes have emerged in recent years to become a significant and innovative venue for standard setting and governance in the environmental realm. This review examines these schemes in the forest sector where, arguably, their development is among the most advanced of the sustainability labeling initiatives. Beginning with the origins, history, and features of schemes, the review synthesizes and assesses what we know about the direct effects and broader consequences of forest
more » ... cation. Bearing in mind underlying factors affecting producers' decisions to certify, direct effects are examined by describing the uptake of schemes, the improvements to management of audited forests, and the ameliorative potential of certification for landscape-level concerns such as deforestation and forest protection. In assessing broader consequences, we look beyond the instrument itself to detail positive and negative unintended consequences, spillover effects, and longer-term and slow-moving effects that flow from the emergence of the certification innovation.
doi:10.1146/annurev.environ.33.013007.103754 fatcat:ofqlndeobzczvcqylqskfaox34