“Certifying Trees outside Forests creates a win-win-win situation,” said Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications at PEFC International, during the International Softwood Conference 2018* in Riga, Latvia, last week. “We can positively impact the lives of small famers and improve the management of trees in agriculture, whilst increasing the amount of wood available to society for products from sustainably managed sources.” “We will also enable cities to certify urban trees and parks, making it possible for them to provide assurances to their inhabitants that city trees are managed sustainably and raising awareness of the tremendous services that trees in cities provide to urban populations,” he added. PEFC is well-positioned to further expand the area of certified forests, explained Mr. Arndt. With the PEFC General Assembly expected to approve the revised sustainable forest management standard in November, trees outside forests will be eligible for certification. Click read more below for additional detail.
We are a proud partner of the World Rainforest Day initiative, organized by the Rainforest Partnership to celebrate World Rainforest Day.
Taking place on 22 June, World Rainforest Day is a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests.
Did you know that rainforests cover less than 3% of the Earth’s area, but are essential to life on Earth?
Or that more than 25% of the medicines we use originate from rainforest plants?
Rainforests can even influence global weather, and are home to half of the world’s terrestrial species.
World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this vital natural resource each year and take action to preserve it.
Protected Together. Now. Forever.
PEFC is part of the global Rainforest Day Community, that organizes three consecutive days of engaging programming in celebration of World Rainforest Day, including interactive events, online workshops and resources from around the world.
Each day will be revolving around a specific pillar of the 2021 theme: Protected Together. Now. Forever.
“This year’s event is more than a celebration of rainforests or a call for change. It’s an unprecedented act of collective action and collaborative coalition-building,” explained Niyanta Spelman, CEO of Rainforest Partnership.
“Protecting rainforests is an absolutely critical climate solution. We need Rainforest Ambitions. We need to act together, in defense of rainforests, climate, people, and planet.”
more at source: https://pefc.org/news/celebrating-our-rainforests-on-world-rainforest-day