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Buying only certified products

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One way of protecting forests and curbing the serious losses that result from illegal trading and over-exploitation is certification. Today this is internationally acknowledged as a key instrument for promoting sustainable forest management. Over the last few years, the amount of certified land has increased significantly.

By November 2015, for example, worldwide more than 184 million hectares of forest had been certified by the non-governmental organisation the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Approximately 268 million hectares of forest land are managed to the standards of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) (as at June 2015).

By far the largest areas of certified forest are in Europe and North America, while certification in tropical countries is moving ahead far more slowly.

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