This case study provides an overview of the process and effects of forest certification in Estonia. The discussion regarding forest certification was initiated in Estonia in the mid-1990s as environmental NGOs started to highlight the potential benefits of certification. The issue was discussed further in the working groups of the National Forest Development Program, bringing it to the attention of a broader range of institutions, officials and stakeholders.
A small European economic and information technology tiger, Estonia is
entering a completely new and unknown phase in its history – the country
is suddenly becoming rich. With a steady economic growth rate of 10
percent and the prospect of receiving a significant amount of aid from
the EU’s regional aid budget for 2007-2013, Estonia is eyeing
large-scale investment projects that previously seemed impossible. But
is it doing so rashly?