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Certification in Honduras: perspectives of wood product manufacturers, consumers, NGOs and government forest policymakers

by Vlosky, R.P; Aguirre, J.A; Soihet Montes, E.C; Ozanne, L.K; Silva, G.
Publisher: Jul-Ago 1999Subject(s): CERTIFICACION FORESTAL | ARBOLES MADERABLES | PRODUCTOS FORESTALES | INDUSTRIA MADERERA | BOSQUE TEMPLADO | POLITICA FORESTAL | ORGANIZACIONES NO GUBERNAMENTALES | HONDURAS | TIMBER TREES | FOREST PRODUCTS | WOOD INDUSTRY | TEMPERATE FORESTS | FORESTRY POLICIES | NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS | HONDURAS | ARBRE POUR BOIS DE CONSTRUCTION | PRODUIT FORESTIER | INDUSTRIE DU BOIS | FORET TEMPEREE | POLITIQUE FORESTIERE | ORGANISATION NON GOUVERNEMENTALE | HONDURAS In: Forestry Chronicle (Canadá) v. 75(4) p. 646-654Summary: Although research has been conducted that examines certification issues from stakeholder perspectives in temperate forest regions, very little has been done in tropical supplier countries. This study identifies key certification issues in Honduras, a Central American producer and exporter of forest products. Five stakeholder groups were studied: primary wood products manufacturers, secondary manufacturers, government forestry policymakers, non-governmental organizations and consumers. Results indicate that there a general lack of awareness about certification, an increasing willingness-to-pay for certification as one moves from the forest to the consumer, the need for transparency in the process, and the belief that certification should be conducted by the government at a national level.
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Although research has been conducted that examines certification issues from stakeholder perspectives in temperate forest regions, very little has been done in tropical supplier countries. This study identifies key certification issues in Honduras, a Central American producer and exporter of forest products. Five stakeholder groups were studied: primary wood products manufacturers, secondary manufacturers, government forestry policymakers, non-governmental organizations and consumers. Results indicate that there a general lack of awareness about certification, an increasing willingness-to-pay for certification as one moves from the forest to the consumer, the need for transparency in the process, and the belief that certification should be conducted by the government at a national level.

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