RMK has been awarded an international sustainable forestry certificate for the next five years 09.02

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a non-profit association that promotes sustainable forest management, has renewed for the next five years the international forest certificate awarded to the State Forest Management Centre (RMK).

RMK has been managing the state forest in accordance with the FSC certificate for the past ten years already. “This is a quality label of sustainable forest management that takes into account all the social and environmental aspects,” explained Aigar Kallas, Chairman of the Management Board at RMK, adding that wood obtained from a certified forest and products manufactured from it are more competitive in European markets that put a premium on sustainable management.

According to Aigar Kallas, buyers today value increasingly suppliers who manage their forests sustainably. “The entire world is steadily moving toward a sustainable lifestyle that reduces the carbon footprint, and the origin of both wood and products manufactured from it – be it regular paper or a wooden house – interests people more than previously,” Kallas clarified.

The non-profit association Forest Stewardship Council, which engages in international certification, has developed principles and criteria of sustainable forest management based on which it is possible to appraise the operations of a forest owner in economic, social and environmental terms. The FSC logo designates products that contain wood from a well-managed forest. RMK has held an FSC certificate since 1 February 2002. As a result of the recertification conducted in 2011, RMK’s FSC certificate has been renewed through 31 January 2017.

RMK’s management system has been recognised to be in compliance with the ISO standards of environmental and quality management. In addition, RMK has been awarded the PEFC, another international forest certificate that testifies to sustainable management.

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation material, organises forest works, executes practical nature protection works and is engaged in forest and timber sales. Additionally, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking and forest vacation in recreation areas, in five Estonian national parks and in almost 40 other protected areas and shapes nature awareness. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Further information:
Kristjan Tõnisson
Head Specialist of Environmental Management, RMK
Telephone: 676 7728, 5691 8728
E-mail: kristjan.tonisson@rmk.ee