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As forests have numerous functions, wood harvesting and other types of use may lead to conflicts between different stakeholders.
Forests have to be managed sustainably in order to ensure that their functions (e.g. protection against avalanches and topsoil erosion, space for human recreation) can be preserved in the long run.
Sustainable forest management means that forest roads, machines, logging, reforestation and use of pesticides must be as ecologically sensible as possible. Wood should always come from safe sources, which means:
In a number of countries, the obligation to pursue sustainable forest management practices has been laid down by law (e.g. in Austria, Germany and Switzerland).
At least 50% of the wood or 50% of the primary raw materials for wood-based materials must come from sustainable forestry.
All products awarded one of the following eco labels meet these criteria:
Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).