In recent times a startling coverage innovation has emerged inside of international and household environmental governance: certification platforms that advertise socially dependable company practices via turning to the industry, instead of the nation, for rule-making authority. This publication records 5 instances during which the woodland Stewardship Council, a woodland certification programme sponsored by means of prime environmental teams, has competed with and landowner-sponsored certification platforms for legitimacy. The authors evaluate the politics at the back of woodland certification in 5 international locations. They think of why there are alterations domestically, speak about the effect the woodland Stewardship Council has had on different certification programmes, and determine the power of non-public woodland certification to handle international woodland deterioration.

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