October 16, 2018

IS COC CERTIFICATION AN EFFECTIVE TOOL TO PROMOTE SFM OR JUST A DISGUISED FORM OF NTBs

The idea of instituting a CoC certification as a mandatory requirement to enter a certain market is totally detached from reality and is non-market impediment to fairer trade. Why? First, you can’t get a globally-recognized CoC certificate if you don’t get your wood supplies from a globally-recognized certified forests. Yet we know that certification progress in developing world has been lacking way behind that in developed world.In Indonesia, after around 15 years of painful efforts we are only able to certify less than 1.7% of the total 29 mill hectares HPH (native production forest license) involving only 3 of 320 HPH holders. 

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