Issue 59: Community forestry
Biodiversity conservation in certified forests
Issue 51 of the European Tropical Forest Research Network News, published by Tropenbos International, examines the question of whether certification is an effective strategy for conserving biodiversity in tropical forests. More than 50 authors, all involved with forest certification or conservation, present their views on the challenges they have faced and give their assessment of what still needs to be done. The general opinion is that certification promotes good forest management and helps to preserve biodiversity, but it does not in itself reduce deforestation. The articles are backed up by findings from an extensive online survey commissioned especially for this edition of ETFRN News.