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Forest certification scheme launched, origin of tree-based products can be checked by green-conscious consumers

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The Indian Ministry of Environment has recently introduced the Indian Forest & Wood Certification Scheme to promote sustainable forest management and agroforestry practices in the country. This scheme aims to provide an environmental label that informs both domestic and international consumers about the origin and source of forest and tree-based products.

The certification scheme addresses concerns of environmentally conscious consumers regarding deforestation and illicit timber trade. By certifying products, it is expected to enhance the export potential of India’s wood-based products.

Environment Secretary Leena Nandan highlighted that certified products would be sold in competitive domestic and global markets, encouraging consumers to choose environmentally friendly options. The certification is open to individual farmers, groups of farmers, institutions, or industries involved in agroforestry, wood-based industries, or any entities in the wood value chain.

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The certification logo, named PRAMAAN, is part of the scheme and can be applied to certified wood products or processed items. It covers forest management certification, tree outside forest management certification, and chain of custody certification for both timber and non-timber forest produce, ensuring traceability from origin to market.

The implementation of the scheme will be overseen by the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, which will provide operational support and facilitate certification processes and procedures.

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