The forest occupies a special place in the hearts of people who love outdoor activities. In addition to its beauty and entertainment value, forests also play a crucial role in the health of global ecosystems. Forests provide important habitats for wildlife, promote clean water, prevent soil erosion, and mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Forests also provide many of the materials needed for daily necessities. In addition to wood and paper, many other materials, including natural rubber and man-made cellulose fibers, such as lyocell and modal, also come from forests.
In theory, responsible forest management can provide these materials indefinitely. If the rate of harvesting these materials does not exceed the rate at which forests can regenerate, and the way they are harvested enables them to continue to play a role in ecosystem health, then forests can be a reliable and sustainable source of raw materials.
Certification helps promote responsible forest management. Different certification bodies take different approaches to promoting responsible forestry practices. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is one of the global leaders in responsible forestry.