Forest Certification is a guarantee of the future
The certification of forest management is a mechanism that is designed to ensure the sustainable management of forest ecosystems through compliance with management standards that meet environmental and socioeconomic criteria.
The two main forest certification systems are the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which in Portugal, cover 253 thousand and 350 thousand hectares of forest area, respectively.
In Portugal, the main Associations of Forest Producers in the area of cork oak montado are certified by the FSC system. In Portugal, Spain and Italy around 150 thousand hectares are certified by the FSC system; more than 100 thousand hectares of these are located in Portugal.
The Project Certifica + was set up to raise awareness of the importance of forest certification, and facilitate this process, making it simpler and more accessible. It is a valuable asset for the entire value chain, from the forest to industry, safeguarding the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability
National and international Environmental Organizations