Journal article

Assessing sustainability in certification schemes

Ian Ferguson

Australian Forestry | TAYLOR & FRANCIS AUSTRALASIA | Published : 2013

Abstract

SummaryThis paper aims to provide guidance as to how better to assess sustainability in certification schemes, such as the Australian Forestry Standard, and to provide suggestions for related changes to certification guidelines.The meaning of sustainability in relation to forestry and the principles underpinning sustainability and the calculation of sustained yield are examined to see how best they can be assessed in certification schemes, given the complexities of temporal and spatial change. To be useful in certification, such principles need to be capable of translation into auditable features, be they qualitative or quantitative. They also need to recognise the realities of demand and su..

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