Appendix 2 Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS)
The Forestry Commission co-ordinates the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS), to ensure sustainable forest management in certified woodland. Sustainable woodland management involving the conservation of biodiversity, contributions to offsetting climate change, social engagement and economic measures, is now at the heart of all forestry policy.
Internationally recognised certification and branding – the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo – ensures that timber
from sustainable sources is easily recognisable. In the UK, only timber from woods that have passed an assessment, by an independent auditor, against the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) is able to carry the FSC brand.
The UKWAS standard was developed by a partnership of forestry and environmental organisations, and is recognised by international forest certification schemes by such organisations as FSC and Pan European Forest Certification (PEFC). Further details can be found at: www.ukwas.gov.uk