About 2.4 million hectares of Romania's forests are responsibly managed and the products obtained from this raw material are certificated by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), according to the official data published by WWF Romania on its own Internet page.
Thus the total FSC certificated forest area is 2,386,535.4 hectares, which accounts for about 37 percent of Romania's total forest area that currently amounts to 6.4 million hectares.
In Romania one of the most active organizations on this segment is WWF Romania, which coordinated the development of the national guides (in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine) for identifying and managing high conservation value forests. These materials are recognized and accepted by the experts in the field and are used by forest managers in the region.
The representatives of the environmental organization also made assessments on site and contributed to the appropriate management of more than 300,000 hectares of high conservation value forests.
At present there are globally 176,735,471 hectares of forests that got 1,203 forest certificates from 79 countries. In Europe the total certified area amounts to 74,632,293 hectares, that is, 42.23 percent of the total certified area.
According to the most recent specialist study drawn up by the Association for Forest Certification, one of every two Romanian consumers said that they chose the kind of packaging reading FSC, whereas 73 of the interviewed said that they knew what a "recyclable" packaging means, 75 percent knew what packaging 'of renewable resources' means and a quarter of them mix up the two terms.
The FSC is an independent, nongovernmental and nonprofit organization that appeared in 1993 in order to promote a responsible forest management in the forests all over the world. By buying products made from FSC certified wood, one guarantees the fact that the wood used in the product under consideration comes from forests that are sustainably managed according to social, economic and ecological criteria. AGERPRES