The WWF Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) is a formalized methodology to evaluate and compare standards and certification systems based on WWF’s views and opinions and assesses in how far forest certification systems are aligned with the mission and objectives of WWF. The WWF CAT shows that PEFC meets 70% of the “Standard Strengths” indicators, which cover sustainable forest management related issues such as biodiversity, water and soil, worker’s rights, and community relations. “We appreciate that the results clearly demonstrate the value of the work of PEFC, thereby recognizing the efforts of hundreds of thousands of certified forest owners who promote sustainable forest management worldwide,” said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International Secretary General.
We are delighted to announce that Hungary is the latest country to achieve PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system.
“It has been more than 15 years since the first initiative to introduce PEFC forest certification in Hungary was launched,” said Endre Schiberna, Hungarian Forest Certification Non-profit Ltd. “So we are thrilled to have finally achieved this long-awaited endorsement.”
“The latest process was funded and closely supported by the PEFC Collaboration Fund, which was vital to facilitate the co-operation of stakeholders.”
“Endorsement is both an objective achieved and a starting point for our further development,” Mr. Schiberna continued.
“Within two years our aim is to have 200,000 hectares of PEFC-certified forest and 50 PEFC Chain of Custody certified companies.”
“As the coordinator of the standard setting process, I would like to thank all the participants for their contribution to this achievement, and express my gratitude to PEFC International for the continuous support,” Mr. Schiberna concluded.
“It is fantastic to see the Hungarian forest certification system endorsed,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, following the announcement.
“Our Collaboration Fund provided financial and technical support for the development of the Hungarian system, so this is a wonderful end to the project and brilliant news for the country’s forest owners who can now demonstrate their sustainable forestry practices through PEFC certification.”
Hungary is the first country whose endorsement can be traced back to seed funding provided through a PEFC Collaboration Fund project.