Greenpeace considers the Forest Stewardship Council to be the only credible global certification standard for good forest management. There are many reasons for this, but it is mostly because FSC is a three-chamber system that has representation from economic players as well as environmental NGOs and social groups. It also sets the highest ecological bar because its mandate is to "protect forests" and to only allow responsible forestry.
However, 20 years on, FSC is now at a crossroads. The system has grown enormously as the FSC logo has gained international market recognition. This is partly because conservation groups, such as Greenpeace, have invested heavily in promoting FSC practices. However, as the system has grown, the quality of certification has diminished in some areas.
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