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B1b. Area of forestry land certified as sustainably managed

Type: Response indicator

Indicator Description

This indicator shows the percentage of the woodland area that is certified against agreed environmental standards. Woodland certification schemes promote good forest practice and are used to demonstrate that wood or wood products come from well-managed forests.

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Summary

In March 2019, there were 1.4 million hectares of certified woodland across the UK, representing 44% of the total woodland area. The proportion of woodland certified as sustainably managed has remained stable at either 43% or 44% since 2007.

Certification of woodlands promotes responsible forest management to safeguard forests’ natural heritage and protect threatened species. Since 2001, the percentage of woodland certified as sustainably managed in the UK has increased from 36% to 44% in 2019. The percentage of woodland certified as sustainably managed in the UK remains relatively stable with a slight increase in the latest year.   

The total area certified can change if new woodlands are certified, if existing certificates are not renewed, or if there is a time lag in renewal of an existing certificate.

Figure B1bi. Percentage of woodland area certified as sustainably managed, 2001 to 2019

A bar graph showing the percentage of woodland area certified as sustainably managed in the UK between 2001 and 2019 (Source: Forestry Commission). The trend since 2001 has been increasing and the proportion of woodland certified as sustainably managed has remained stable at either 43% or 44% since 2007.

Note: All figures relate to data at 31st March, apart from 2001 (31st December) and 2002 (30th September), with regular data collection from 2004.

Source: Forestry Commission. 

Assessment of change in area of woodland certified as sustainably managed

 

Long term

Short term

Latest year

Percentage of woodland certified

2001–2019


2014–2019

Increased (2019)

Note: Long- and short-term assessments are based on a 3% rule of thumb. Where possible, the base years for these assessments use a 3-year average. See Assessing Indicators.

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Last updated: September 2019

Latest data available: March 2019

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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019

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