Certification Schemes Wielded by Producers and Communities

  • Reiko OmotoEmail author
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


There are two types of certification schemes wielded by local communities to deal with socio-ecological sustainability issues. One type utilizes international frameworks for solutions to issues faced by communities. While with the other type, communities create their own specific local schemes on a custom-made basis. The former type is denoted as “International Third-Party Certifications,” which are specifically designed for sustainable resource management purposes and play a role in communicating universal values of sustainability. On the other hand, “place-specific certifications” are only applied to defined regions and possess detailed standards that are suited to each region’s specific forms of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, taking into consideration such factors as the region’s society, environment, culture and local resources. Both are tools in the search for solutions to local issues through institutional approaches. They both also share common ground in the sense that they play a role in linking the producers and their communities with the outside world. In other words, certification schemes fulfill the role of embodying values of regions in products that transcend material values – for example, sustainability through environmentally sound production practices. Consumers and distribution channels then can respond to these embodied values by choosing to buy the products.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and NatureKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Tottori UniversityTottoriJapan

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