The certification (and labelling) of sustainably managed forestry enterprises is an international phenomenon that has captured an increasing share of forest product markets in developed countries. Until recently, Australia has remained largely immune from its impact. The growth of certification worldwide, however, has made it difficult for the domestic industry to maintain an isolationist stance. This assessment applies both to the traditional forestry industry and the emerging Australian farm forestry sector. This report considers the relevance and implications of certification for farm forestry, with particular attention paid to the needs and circumstances of smaller farm foresters. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive review of the preferred strategies for the adoption of certification by the Australian farm forestry sector, and concludes with an analysis of potential policy options. The report also provides an overview of international certification developments and domestic farm forestry experiences. Apart from a literature review, information for the report was provided by field interviews with a wide range of farm forestry representatives and other relevant stakeholders.
|Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
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|Published - 2008