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FSC welcomes European Union proposal

The EU proposed to include credible voluntary forest certification that promotes the sustainable management of forests, and that effectively slows, halts and reverses deforestation and forest degradation and promotes the sustainable use and management of forests as well as their conservation and restoration, together with public procurement programmes, to be included in the Framework of Actions Heads of States and Government, which other government leaders are expected to adopt in Rio de Janeiro in June.

The EU proposed a “capacity development scheme that will provide country-specific advice on legal, economic and other instruments and policies and, where appropriate, region and sector-specific advice to all interested countries and to assist them in accessing available funds”.

According to the EU proposal, this voluntary, demand-driven scheme will receive input from the UN system, international financial institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector.