Forest Management Certification Standard launched

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India’s internationally benchmarked Forest Management Certification Standard (FMCS) was launched today with an aim to bring a shift towards responsible utilisation of natural resources and trade of forest products.

Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) in association with the ministries of environment, agriculture, commerce and industry, textiles and leading industry bodies and companies launched the standard.

The FMCS enlists measures to be taken for responsible utilisation of natural resources and trade of forest products.
ii. NCCF launched this standard in association with the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Textiles, Commerce and Industry and other forest-based stakeholders.
iii. FMCS envisages policy changes through commercial power, rather than central or local power. Besides, it lays emphasis on market acceptance rather than regulatory compliance as an enforcement mechanism.
iv. National Certification Scheme for Sustainable Forest Management was also launched on January 13, 2018.