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Union government launched new body NCCF to develop national forest certification system

Mar 17, 2015 16:17 IST

Union government on 16 March 2015 launched a new national body Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) to develop national forest certification system.

The body NCCF was launched with stakeholders from all fields including the environment ministry, industry, forest experts, technology experts and others.

The body aims promote responsible trade in forestry sector and ensure better management of forests in India.

NCCF will develop national forest certification system and standards till 2016. National forest certification system would also help in combating climate change.

Forest resources have been under strain primarily because of commercial use of wood and deforestation due to changes in land use. But forest certification could help in combating climate change by promoting responsible trade in forestry sector which leads to best management of forest resources which are both economically viable and environmentally friendly.

 NCCF officials said the idea behind this was that there should be responsible forestry practice and it should be socially equitable, economically viable and environment friendly.

However, ineffectiveness and failures of both these approaches have led to a third approach - forest certification - which introduces policy changes through commercial power rather than central or local power and uses market acceptance rather than regulatory compliance as an enforcement mechanism.

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