WCS 3-Sentence Science
Can an Intact Forest be Certified?
November 22, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Timothy Rayden on the certification of intact forests.
- Researchers explore challenges for incorporating intact forests — natural and often extensive forests free from apparent degradation — into certification processes, and of maintaining intact forests within forest management units.
- Authors say it will require a re-evaluation of the way intactness is treated within current certification standards, and the requirements for forestry within intact forests might be necessary to create a form of compensation to overcome the foregone costs of intact forest preservation.
- Eventually, intact forest conservation and socially and economically viable forest management can only be reconciled on the landscape scale.
Study and Journal: “The dilemma of maintaining intact forest through certification” from Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
WCS Co-Author(s): Timothy Rayden, Sustainable Landscapes Unit, WCS Conservation Science and Solutions
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