Another facet of a sustainable management policy for the Sonian Forest includes the well thought-out felling of trees. Timber developers are responsible for the sustainable felling of the trees in the Sonian Forest.
FSC and PEFC
The wood from the Sonian Forest has been awarded sustainable forestry management certificates. Flanders and Brussels selected the FSC certificate; the Walloon Region opted for a PEFC certificate.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1993 by forest owners, timber and paper companies, social organisations and environmental groups. FSC strives for responsible forestry management in accordance with strict social, ecological and economic criteria.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) is a non-governmental, environmental organisation which is active worldwide in the certification of sustainable forestry management.
The FSC and PEFC labels or claims on a timber or paper product guarantee that the product originates from responsibly managed forests. The use of the FSC and PEFC labels is subject to strict regulations and controls.