Members of the North American Forest Partnership, a diverse group of individuals, companies, state agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, non-profits and professional organizations committed to the management of sustainable, healthy forests, launched a first-of-its-kind communications effort - Walk in the Woods. The effort tells the stories of the men and women who work in the forest sector in the U.S. and Canada and opens a dialogue about the important work they do as caretakers of precious forest resources. "We're inviting those outside our sector to walk in the woods with us and learn about our work as responsible, innovative stewards of North America's many different forests," said Will Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director, North American Forest Partnership. "Our goal is to engage those passionate about the future of our forests in an ongoing conversation and provide honest answers to the questions we know people have about what we do and why we do it." The initiative is born from research which studied the attitudes and perceptions of North America’s forest resources. The research uncovered differences in understanding among the forest sector and the public around key topics such as deforestation, forest management and the sustainability of forest resources. click Read More below for more of the story
Do you want to give your feedback as we revise our benchmark for sustainable forest management? But feel like you need more information on how this vital document is changing? Then make sure you register for our upcoming webinars!
Taking place 12 and 14 June, these webinars will introduce and explain the main proposed changes to PEFC ST 1003 – the international benchmark that provides the basis for the requirements that forest owners or managers must meet to achieve PEFC certification at local level.
Make sure you register now so you don’t miss out.
Expanding forest certification to Trees outside Forests
In addition, we will also be holding a special webinar on 13 June specifically focusing on the new Trees outside Forests appendix.
The inclusion of Trees outside Forests (ToF) is an important step towards supporting sustainable management of trees throughout landscapes, whether agroforestry or even trees within settlement areas.
It will enable millions of farmers and smallholders to obtain PEFC certification whilst promoting good agricultural practices: helping to increase income and the productivity of agricultural land and agroforestry, especially in developing countries.
From reducing poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2) to influencing sustainable cities (SDG 11) and the well-being of urban populations (SDG 3), our ToF certification is set to have wide-ranging impacts that will extend way beyond our forests.
more at: https://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2545-we-explain-the-changes-to-our-sustainable-forest-management-benchmark