Dr Markku Simula corrects some possible misunderstandings regarding forest certification:
- Forest certification is a private sector instrument based on voluntary participation by the parties to be certified;
- The minimum standards for forest management are defined by Law;
- Forest certification aims at added value through higher standards than regulation;
- Third party auditing of forest management as well as chain-of-custody of forest products contributes to law enforcement as unlawful operations cannot be certified;
- The perspective of the government is the promotion of legal compliance;
- The role of the public administration in standard setting is the one of an neutral expert by providing information and helping to conclude a compromise (not to e.g. present additional requirements).
For the whole article, please see https://www.hs.fi/mielipide/art-2000008027281.html (in Finnish); https://www.hbl.fi/artikel/skogscertifieringen-ar-feltolkad/ (in Swedish)