Forest management auditing and certification: new book gives comprehensive view

What makes a product or a service really sustainable? In their new book, Lucio Brotto and Davide Pettenella present a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the standards and certification systems implemented by the forestry sector.


It is difficult to find products or services in the market that are not defined as sustainable. But what makes a product or a service really sustainable? A good reference standard and a serious and independent system of control (audit).

Thanks to our publisher, Routledge, and a whole host of contributing authors, editors Lucio Brotto (Etifor Srl) and I were able to produce this new book that addresses the subject giving a complete and up-to-date picture of the standards and certification systems implemented in the forestry sector.

Beginning with a market and policy analysis, the book fosters a deeper understanding of standards, methodologies and auditing techniques. The certification process is described within the general framework of the market-based tools available in the forestry sector. The book shows how a mutual learning process between established forest certification processes and innovative markets is needed. It addresses key topics such as High Conservation Value (HCV) approaches, the role of independent certification versus due diligence process, and the new development connected to environmental services certification.

Numerous case studies are included from a wide range of contexts, including both temperate and tropical forests in developed and developing countries.

In my opinion, this publication is an effective way to think about the state-of-the-art of Forest Management Auditing and help new professionals through the many and complex options in this area.

A 20% discount code is available for this book. Please contact Arianna Ruberto, and reference “EFIMED News,” for more information.


Lucio Brotto and Davide Pettenella (2018). Forest Management Auditing. Certification of Forest Products and Services. Routledge, p. 264 ISBN: 978-1-138-81667-1

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Davide Pettenella
Davide Pettenella is full professor at the University of Padova, Italy, where he teaches forest economics. He has published more than 400 papers through his research activities and field work within programmes financed by the European Commission, FAO, European Forestry Institute, World Bank, and by Italian national and regional institutions.