Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), our National member from North America, recently announced grants for 19 projects to help further understanding of the conservation benefits of managed forests, and to strengthen the connection between communities and forests. The grants were made as part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.’s Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program. These grants represent collaborations between SFI Inc., SFI Program Participants, and partner organizations throughout North America. “Our conservation grants advance SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. These projects provide the science-based data that resource professionals need to improve forest management, and to assess the value of that work,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “Our community grants represent SFI’s unique role at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities. SFI engages local communities through a variety of initiatives including youth outreach, forest education programs, and green building projects for low-income families.”
PEFC invites stakeholders globally to nominate candidates for the permanent PEFC Chain of Custody Working Group.
To nominate a candidate to participate in the working group, please fill out the nomination form. The nomination deadline is 31 January 2020.
This working group is responsible for the development of the PEFC chain of custody, including the maintenance of the following standards, which have been recently revised:
*PEFC ST 2001, PEFC Trademarks
*PEFC ST 2002, PEFC Chain of Custody
*PEFC ST 2003, Certification Body Requirements – Chain of Custody
The PEFC Chain of Custody Working Group will work on the further implementation and interpretation of these standards and the development of new tools. It will also ensure the PEFC chain of custody is up-to-date regarding stakeholder needs, technology developments and certification demands.
How to nominate a candidate
Please ensure that your nomination represents one or more of the five stakeholder categories below:
*Certified PEFC scheme users: forest owners and managers; forest based industry (processing and trade) (max. 5)
*Uncertified PEFC scheme users: PEFC scheme assessors; certification bodies; accreditation bodies; consultants (max. 5)
*Customers and consumers: retailer organizations; consumer organizations; institutional consumers of forest based products, including governments (max. 5)
*Civil society: indigenous people, workers and trade unions, scientific and technological community, environmental, social and other interest groups (max. 5)
*PEFC National Governing Body members (max. 5)
In addition to this wide range of stakeholder interests, we also aim for a balanced representation of genders and regions in the working groups.
We only accept nominations made through the online nomination form. The deadline is 31 January 2020.