Submitted: The Two Sides Team March 27, 2015
SFI President & CEO, Kathy Abusow, discusses how forest certification standards help provide the vital link between responsible purchasing and healthy forests.
This article by Kathy Abusow appeared on the Huffington Post website on March 22, 2015.
In observance of March 21, the United Nations' International Day of Forests, let's commit to doing more to advance practical, results-oriented solutions that will ensure healthy forests for future generations while supporting the people and communities who depend on them today. This is the message from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in the State of the World's Forests 2014. The report's subtitle, "Enhancing the socioeconomic benefits from forests," highlights the connections between forests and people.
The report doesn't pull any punches when it addresses the need to balance what we need from forests and what forests need from us: "To avoid significantly degrading this resource [forests], more efficient production techniques must be adopted."