“We applaud the Administration for reflecting long-standing scientific principles and Congressional direction in recognizing as carbon neutral the paper and wood products industry’s use of renewable biomass for energy production. We are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, eager to strengthen the economy and boost U.S. job creation with the support of public policy that levels the playing field with competitors around the globe. This new EPA policy is an important milestone in implementing the Congressional directive to produce clear and simple policies and acknowledges the scientific record on the carbon neutrality of forest-based, renewable biomass. We look forward to working with EPA as it develops regulations to fully implement this policy.”
In a pioneering move to promote forestry conservation, a group of Filipino advocates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will move the country towards the establishment of a national forest certification system.
“We need a bolder and more ambitious transformation of stakeholders to embrace sustainable forestry, and the very structure of the forestry sector, ranging from governance to industry, through a national forestry certification system,” said Sec. Neric Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environment Protection, during his opening speech. He also went on to challenge the forestry sector to contribute to the country’s sustainable development.
“Under Executive Order 23 (S.2011), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is mandated to implement a national forest certification system to ensure sustainability of legal sources and chain of custody of timber and other wood products, and we are now seeking assistance from PEFC and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in its establishment,” said Ricardo Calderon, Director of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of DENR, during the Panel Discussion.
A National Governing Board has already been organized, which, under the MoU, will be the highest decision-making body of the national forest certification system, to be called the Philippine Sustainable Forest Certification System. The National Governing Board will be responsible for creating the different bodies that will work for pilot projects, standards development and the certification processes.
Tommy Valdez, National President of the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI), presented the proposed road map for the Philippine Sustainable Forest Certification System (PSFCS).
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