Programs used in Canada

Certifying Forest Management Practices

Canadian forest managers can certify their forest management practices to any of three internationally recognized certification programs:

These standards are applied voluntarily and involve significant commitments towards environmental, social and economic sustainability.  They are applied on top of mandatory requirements that make up the comprehensive legal framework under which Canadian forests are managed.

Each of these standards is endorsed as following international principles, criteria and objectives that are viewed as the basis of sustainable forest management:

Certifying an Environmental Management System

Canadian forest managers can also certify the environmental management system they use to systematically set and achieve environmental goals, then improve upon them.  The voluntary, internally recognized standard is used for this is ISO 14001