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FSC renews it efforts at milestone moment

The Forest Stewardship Council marked its 20th anniversary with a vow to reduce the world’s loss of forest cover, especially in tropical regions.

“We are proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last 20 years. We have come a long way, but we can achieve even more. And the world’s forests need that,” FSC director general Kim Carstensen said in a statement.

“We currently have 20 million hectares certified in tropical timber countries and about 10 percent of the total FSC certified forest is in the tropics. This is not nearly enough. But we do know that those 20 million hectares are being managed in such a way that is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. We need to work to increase that 20 million hectares substantially.”

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