Below is a list of organizations working on forest policy and governance. These links are only a starting point for understanding certification and forest management issues; they are not endorsed by our program. If you would like to add a link or file to the website, please contact

American Tree Farm System (ATFS)
The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is a program of the American Forest Foundation that promotes sustainable forest management on US private lands. As one of its many services, ATFS conducts a third-party certification program for private forestlands, under the oversight of the American Forest Foundation.

Asia Pacific Forest Certification
A reader-friendly gateway to information on certification in the Asia Pacific, with up-to-date information on a country basis, step-by-step advice for forest managers seeking certification, and comparative information on certification schemes.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. CSA has developed a national forest certification scheme based on a Sustainable Forest Management Standard, CAN/CSA Z809.

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center based out of Costa Rica.

CIFOR's mission is to contribute to the sustained well-being of people in developing countries, particularly in the tropics. It achieves this through collaborative, strategic and applied research and by promoting the transfer and adoption of appropriate new technologies and social systems for national development.

European Forest Institute
Progress reports on certification in different countries.

FERN – the EU forest campaign
A comprehensive list of forest certification publications, including NGO statements, reports and articles.

Forest Certification Resource Center
An easily navigable website with basic information on how certification works, as well as listings of certified products, forests, and businesses.

Forest Certification Watch
An independent source of news and information on forest certification globally.

Forests for Life Programme – WWF
WWF’s Forest program hinges on certification and a partnership with FSC; it has set a goal of at least 100 million hectares of independently certified forests around the world representing the widest diversity of forest types and management systems by 2005.

The mission of Forest Trends is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services. The site has a substantial resource library.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-profit forest certification scheme with global membership. FSC performance standards are based on ten international Principles and associated Criteria that provide a common framework for FSC-accredited forest certification worldwide.

GTZ Forest Certification
A portal to basic information, international (notably developing country) news on certification, many links, and an in-depth depository of papers in PDF format.

IMAFLORA - Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agrícola
The Brazilian certifying body for the FSC. (Website is mostly in Portuguese.)

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research.

The International Organization for Standardization is a network of national standards institutes and the source of ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and more than 14 000 International Standards for business, government and society.

An international firm that conducts forest certification audits. Canada-based, FSC-accredited.

Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)
An independent non-profit national certification body. The website contains news updates and the activities of the Council.

NEPCon – Nature, Ecology and People Consult
A non-profit consultancy company focused on forest certification and sustainable natural resource management. The website contains news on Eastern European certification and documents.

Programme for the Endorsement of Certification schemes (PEFC)
The PEFC Council is an independent, non-profit global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes.

ProForest Publications
Links to publications on certification, particularly useful to the practitioner.

Scientific Certification Systems certifies forest management and chain-of-custody worldwide, in addition to other products related to environmental and food safety standards. US-based, FSC-accredited.

SGS Qualifor
A worldwide certification program evaluating forest management and chain-of-custody systems. South Africa based, FSC-accredited.

The oldest certification program worldwide, and a program within Rainforest Alliance. US based, FSC-accredited.

Soil Association Woodmark
A worldwide certification program evaluating forest management and chain-of-custody systems. UK based, FSC-accredited.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program (SFI)
A North American certification scheme established by the American Forest and Paper Association.

UNECE Timber Committee
UN Economic Commission of Europe’s Timber Committee, and the FAO European Forestry Commission work together to promote sustainable forest management in Europe, the CIS and North America. The site’s publications and databases are particularly useful.

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Its main objective is to promote "the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end".

World Bank/WWF Alliance
The World Bank/WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use is a strategic, performance-based, global partnership seeking, among other goals, to have 200 million hectares (495 million acres) of the world's production forests under independently certified management.

World Wildlife Fund – Forest Certification
Discusses WWF’s position and work on forest certification