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Eco-Certification a Priority for Saving Tropical Forests

Tropical forests are one of the world’s most diverse and important ecosystems on the planet, but also one of the most endangered. Every year, some 35 million acres of rainforests are destroyed for timber by logging companies and cleared by people for farming, taking a devastating toll on the environment and climate.

In an attempt to save the world’s tropical forests, an international group was built to certify foresting operations as environmentally and socially responsible. This group, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), relies on eco-conscious consumers to opt for ethically sourced wood.

Although the FSC has certified significantly fewer tropical forest operations compared to the boreal forests of the northern hemisphere, the FSC has now made certification in the tropics a top priority.

H K Tang

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