Extreme weather conditions will increase globally due to the magnitude of climate change. The change in variables like heavy rain falls, wind and snow damages or drought are posing a threat to the balance of nature. Droughts have already increased the risk for forest fires in many areas. Together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) UPM is actively doing research on how climate change will affect forestry and wood sourcing and thus UPM’s business operations in the long run. “We will utilise these results in developing our business operations. At the same time all of this is valuable information we can share with our investors and our other important stakeholders,” explains Tuomas Niemi, Manager for Reporting and Standards at UPM. Click Read More below for additional information.
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.