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New SFI standards created.

NEW SFI STANDARDS CREATED. The Sustainable Forestry Board (SFB), Arlington, Virginia, USA, the non-profit organization responsible for the oversight of North America's largest forest certification program, released its new standard for sustainable forest management. The 2005-2009 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standard was developed through a 12-month public review process involving web based comment periods and review workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

Based on the international scope of forest certification, several provisions were added to address social issues and the management of public lands including public involvement, indigenous peoples, non-timber forest products, traditional forest-related knowledge, and illegal logging. The new standard also adds rigor to audit procedures and strengthens the required qualifications for the independent auditor. More information is available at www.aboutsfb.org.
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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Solutions - for People, Processes and Paper
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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