Latvia, one of the most heavily forested countries in Europe, has successfully achieved the re-endorsement of its national forest certification system. This endorsement confirms that the Latvian system continues to meet our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks and ensures that certified forest owners and companies in the country continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC. Since Latvia was first endorsed by PEFC in 2001, half of the country’s forests - more than 1.6 million hectares - have achieved PEFC certification. With about half of the Latvian forests owned by the state, there are about 150,000 private forest owners in Latvia, who, together with their families, form a remarkable part of society in country with a population of just over 2 million people. click Read More below for more of the story
Hungarian Forest Certification Non-profit Ltd. is pleased to announce the start of the national public consultation for the Hungarian sustainable forest management standard. Stakeholders from around the country are invited to provide their feedback on the standard by 20 August 2015.
“This public consultation is an extremely important opportunity for all national stakeholders to provide their final input into our upcoming standard,” said Endre Schiberna, Head of the Standard Setting Committee.
“We would therefore like to encourage anyone who is interested in helping to shape the sustainable management of our forests to take part in this consultation, providing us with their reviews, amendments and suggestions.”
The 60 day national-level public consultation is an integral part of the development process of any national standard looking to be endorsed by PEFC. This consultation, which is followed by a pilot test, is one of the final steps in the standard setting process before the final draft of the standard is approved, published, then submitted to PEFC International for endorsement.
Since the Hungarian Forest Certification Non-profit Ltd. was established in May 2013 as the country’s National Governing Body, stakeholders have been working on developing a Hungarian sustainable forest management standard which, as part of the Hungarian national forest certification system, will eventually be submitted to PEFC for endorsement.