Standards for certification of forest restoration projects in Spain

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Diana Colomina PĂ©rez

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Since 2010 WWF has been analyzing the forest restoration situation in Spain and some important deficiencies in public policies were detected. Forest Restoration Projects only address degradation symptoms, and are not effective in integrating social, economic, and ecological aspects. Projects do not include maintenance and monitoring or public participation processes, and they invest excessively in reforestation, forgetting about other actions needed to recover a degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystem. In order to improve this situation WWF began developing a certification system for forest restoration projects. The main objective of the standards is to establish when a forest restoration project can be verified with a common and standardized methodology that takes good restoration practices under consideration. The WWF Standards have been developed to be applied to forests in any of Spain’s biogeographic regions (Atlantic, Mediterranean and Macaronesian). In 2011 a first draft was agreed upon by an expert group. In early 2012 an independent audit was developed to validate the standards (8 principles, 33 criteria and indicators defined) in a field test at two places affected by wildfires in different regions in Spain. The working group debated the suggestions made by the auditors and agreed on the final document. Now it will be applied in a large-scale restoration project in Valencia to set an example. WWF Standards have not been certified by any Accreditation Entity yet. We are aware that SER is developing a standard and we want to share our regional experience and seek collaboration to complete this process.

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