Australia and Portugal have become the latest countries to successfully achieve the re-endorsement of their national forest certification systems by PEFC. This not only confirms that they continue to meet PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks, but also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in these countries continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC. This marks the second re-endorsement for Australia and Portugal, with both countries achieving endorsement for the first time back in 2004. The endorsement of the Australian system was particularly significant as, alongside Chile, it became the first non-European country to be recognized by PEFC. Since then, over 10 million hectares of forest have been certified in the country.
We are delighted to announce that Macedonia has achieved PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system for the first time.
“Having a PEFC endorsed national system in Macedonia makes the dreams about Macedonian forestry joining global initiatives for sustainable forest management come true,” said Vladimir Stojanovski, President of The Council for Sustainable Forest Management in the Republic of Macedonia.
“The same positive energy used in the process of creating our national forest certification system will be transferred to the next steps – having the first PEFC-certified forest in Macedonia.”
“On behalf of The Council for SFM in the Republic of Macedonia, I would like to thank all stakeholders who participated in the process,” Mr. Stojanovski continued.
“I would also like to thank TJConsulting for providing constructive comments to improve the national system, CNVP for their unwavering support during the process and finally, to PEFC for their valuable assistance during the process.”
Macedonia follows in the footsteps of many other countries that have achieved PEFC endorsement thanks in part to the support of the PEFC Collaboration Fund.
“It is fantastic to see the Macedonian 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 Macedonian 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.”
The project in Macedonia grew out of an earlier project to develop awareness and capacity on sustainable forest management and PEFC certification within the forestry community of Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, with the goal to lay the groundwork for the development of national forest certification systems.