More than 600 people joined the 2021 Virtual SFI Annual Conference, May 12-14, to learn from a diverse and dynamic group of speakers about critical global issues facing our sector. Climate change: How will sustainably managed forests and forest products help meet the climate challenge? A big part of the answer we heard at the conference is using tools like requirements for climate-smart forestry and fire resiliency and awareness that are included in the newly approved SFI 2022 Standards and Rules. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG): The increasing influence of ESG factors and how SFI’s work aligns with helping companies meet new reporting structures was the focus of much discussion. Speakers and attendees identified a need to help elevate understanding of the positive role of the forest sector among a variety of audiences.
India has become the latest country to join PEFC – an addition that sees PEFC reach the 40 National members milestone.
With Japan joining in 2014, and China and Indonesia achieving endorsement of their national forest certification systems the same year, the addition of India’s Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) underpins that momentum is gathering pace for PEFC in the Asia region.
“It is fantastic to see India become the fifth country in Asia, and the 40th country globally, to join the PEFC alliance,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, welcoming NCCF into PEFC. “NCCF has worked hard over the last year to engage stakeholders and establish its position to facilitate the development of India’s forest certification system.”
“Forest certification will not only help impact India’s forest resources, but also assist in raising awareness of the advantages of responsibly sourced timber, which is especially important in a country with a rapidly growing middle class and demand for resources,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.
“NCCF is committed to advancing forest certification in India and to positioning our country on PEFC’s global platform. We appreciate the support that PEFC and its network has offered so far and with this formal acceptance of membership we commit to further strengthening our efforts in developing our own national certification system,” said Sachin Raj Jain, convener of NCCF.
“We would like to use this occasion to thank those stakeholders who are already part of this initiative, and we encourage everybody interested to join, support and help us in firmly establishing forest certification in India,” emphasized Sachin Raj Jain.