Critères, indicateurs et certification des forêts : des priorités à respecter sur le bois de gestion durable

Bertault Jean-Guy, Marien Jean-Noël. 1997. Critères, indicateurs et certification des forêts : des priorités à respecter sur le bois de gestion durable. In : Forestry for sustainable development: towards the 21'st century. Vol.1: Forest and tree resources. Vol.2: Forests, biological and maintenance of the natural heritage. Protective and environmental functions of forests. Vol.3: Productives functions of fores. Turkey-Ministry of Forestry. Ankara : Ministry of Forestry [of Turkey], p. 168. ISBN 975-7829-65-X Congrès forestier mondial. 11, Antalya, Turquie, 13 October 1997/22 October 1997.

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Titre anglais : Forest criteria, indicators and certification : priorities to be respected for sustainable management

Abstract : The degradation of forest resources in tropical zones has given rise to the concept of sustainable forest management which aims at maintaining the productivity of a resource under great pressure, as well as the related socio-economic benefits. This approach, initially designed for tropical forest ecosystems does not elude globalization and, today, the northern and temperate zones must also demonstrate sound management practices. The certification of forest management and the origin of forest products seemed to be one of the alternatives proposed in answer to the ITTO's objective for the year 2000 which aims at releasing on the international markets only certified wood from forests under sustainable management or correctly managed forests. Although the establishment of a certification scheme may be seen as a commercial demand, it is wrong and dangerous to separate it from the context of research of global quality which represents the long-term objective. The stumbling block today is the gap between the different certification procedures and the accepted definition of criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of the different ecosystems. Today, the setting up of a certification system is moving ahead more quickly than the definition of criteria or indicators with a recognized scientific basis. Furthermore, the multiplicity of players with very different interests engaged in the debate on sustainable management does not create a very favourable climate for the necessary dialogue between all parties. The often partial vision and the particular stance of each of these players means that the message of sustainable management which should be seen as a full component of global quality has not yet been properly understood. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, certification, Législation, protection de la forêt, Conservation des ressources, Gestion des ressources, Ressource forestière

Classification Agris : K10 - Forestry production
D50 - Legislation
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

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  • Marien Jean-Noël

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