Our members have practiced responsible and sustainable forestry for decades. To meet customer demand, they are now doing more than ever to increase the availability of certified fiber from certified fiber sourcing programs and third party-certified forestlands. Forest certification systems are not the only method to demonstrate that the wood our industry uses comes from responsible sources that are harvested sustainably. But it is probably the most recognized tool on the landscape to demonstrate sustainable harvesting and management. The amount of wood fiber that members procure from third party-certified forestlands continues to grow slowly. It’s a hard thing to do when the largest landowners are certified and small landowners make up so much of the environment—and the fiber supply! Click Read More below for additional information.
PEFC Forest Certification Week not only provides an opportunity for PEFC members from around the world to gather together, but also welcomes representatives from countries actively developing national forest certification systems. This year, we welcomed representatives from Ghana, Guatemala, Nepal, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam and to our 2015 PEFC Week.
“PEFC is the best way to enable the one million small-forest owners in Viet Nam to access certification,” said Bach Le Van, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development MARD.
David Everard, from SAPPI South Africa, echoed this, highlighting how “PEFC offers an important solution to South African smallholders.”
Other countries, including South Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam, all took the opportunity to express their desire to become part of the PEFC alliance, “We are ready to join PEFC,” said Seoggu Son, from the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute.
“PEFC is a window of opportunity for Guatemala to develop a national forest certification system,” said Alvaro Samayoa, from INAB – National Institute of Forests. Joseph W. Osei from the Ghana Working Group on Forest Certification also confirmed his country’s progress to establish a PEFC endorsed national forests certification system.
We also welcomed the three new members to the PEFC alliance in 2015.
“PEFC offers us the opportunity to have a standard more relevant for India,” said Sachin Raj from Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), our new national member for India.
more at: http://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2023-future-is-looking-bright-for-pefc-s-global-reach