13 Forest divisions and 41 tree species included in the certification With certification, forest products from the state will gain acceptance in the international market
Based on directives of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, who also holds the charge of the forest department, forest management in the state is yielding good results. Under the able leadership of the Chief Minister in the sector of forest management, International Agency-FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) has granted certification to the UP Forest Corporation.
Providing this information, a state government spokesman said that with this certification, forest products from the state will gain more acceptability in the international market. With this the prices of products made out of forest materials will rise and more revenue would be collected. Needless to say, this will also enhance the prestige of Uttar Pradesh at the global level.
The spokesman also informed that the certification included 13 forest divisions including Shivalik, Najeebabad, south Kheri, north Kheri, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Bijnore, Gonda, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Gorakhpur, Katrania Ghat and Suhelwa. Under this, 3,49,296 hectare of forest area and 41 plant species like Sagaun, Khair, Saal, Sheesham etc are included.
The certification to UPFC was given by SCS Global Services, which is accreditated by the FSC. According to the state spokesman, through this certification, rights of local people would be assimilated and their role, contribution into securing and conserving the forests. The FSC certified forest area in UP accounts for 39.1 per cent of the certified forest area in south Asia.
FSC is an international agency which was constituted after the Earth Summit held in 1992 in Rio. Its primary objective is to certify able forest management at international level.