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Forest Certification: The View from Europe's NIPFs

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Despite different backgrounds and cultures, British and Finnish landowners hold remarkably similar opinions regarding forest certification. They are unsure of certification's potential benefits, either economic or ecological, and few would find participation attractive. Owners of large forest estates consider certification a threat; owners of smaller properties are less economically dependent on forestry and may see in certification a way to improve the state of their forests. If market forces eventually require large-scale certification, the needs and preferences of private forest landowners must be taken into consideration to ensure their participation.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor in Forest Products Marketing, Department of Forest Economics, University of Helsinki, PO Box 24, FIN-00014

Publication date: 1999-03-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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