Making the Best Even Better: PEFC Revises Core Standards

Stakeholders globally are invited to nominate candidates to participate in the revision of some of the core standards of PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification system. The standards include PEFC’s global requirements for sustainable forest management, forest certification procedures, standard setting procedures at national level, and the PEFC assessment and endorsement process of national/regional forest certification systems. The nomination deadline is 22 February 2016.

“We review our standards every five years to ensure that they incorporate latest knowledge, best practices, and evolving stakeholder expectations,” explained Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “This process is of fundamental importance as these documents define not only the environmental, social and economic requirements for sustainable forest management, but also how implementation in the forest is certified.”

“Furthermore, we are reviewing the standards that provide the framework for the development of standards at national level, which is fundamental to PEFC as a bottom-up organization, and how compliance of national standards with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks is verified,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.
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