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A History of Forestry Certification

Perera, P. and Vlosky, R.P. (2006) A History of Forestry Certification. School of Renewable Natural Resources and Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

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Public concern for the environment has grown remarkably during the last few decades, both in developed and developing countries and, as a result, environmental issues are beginning to take more of a center stage in global economic and trade policies. The emergence of “ecolabeling”; a process that attempts to provide an indicator of how well a product is environmentally adapted, is a contemporary example of how consumer interests have driven information processes aimed at differentiating the environmental appropriateness of goods and services. Eco label provide information on environmental characteristics of a product, giving consumers the opportunity to use their purchasing power to promote environmentally friendly products. Relying on this market driven mechanism, the world's first eco-labeling program “German Blue Eco Angel” was created in 1977 (Rametsteiner, 2000). Ever since eco labeling has gained momentum giving rise to number of different eco labeling schemes operating throughout the world at present…

Item Type: Working Paper
Series Name: Working Paper. Louisiana Forest Products Development Center #71
Publisher: School of Renewable Natural Resources and Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
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