“Sustainable forestry is a core value among AF&PA members. Our country boasts 20 percent more trees than it did on the first Earth Day celebration nearly 50 years ago, and the U.S. paper and wood products industry plays an important role in helping keep forests as forests. "Efforts to plant more trees are an important piece of a complex puzzle. This is why the paper industry has the most comprehensive set of quantifiable sustainability goals of any U.S. manufacturing industry in our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative. With goals centered around increasing the amount of certified fiber we procure, increasing paper recovery, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing water use - among others - we are proud of the holistic approach our industry has adopted to ensure our resources will be available for future generations just as they are today.
PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Standard Setting standard – PEFC ST 1001:201X. Give your feedback now! Deadline for comments is 29 May 2017.
This standard contains the rules that national standardizing bodies have to follow when they develop and revise their sustainable forest management standards. Core principles of the standard development are stakeholder engagement, balance representation of different interests, consensus building, continuous improvement and transparency.
Improving the standard
The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces critical improvements to the standard setting process itself, including:
Inclusion of the nine major stakeholder groups of Agenda 21 (UNCED)
Increased effort to get key stakeholders around the table
Additional rounds of public consultation
By far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review…
Standards need to be reviewed five years after their approval. While this is not a new requirement, the standard now specifies the exact steps of such a review: recording feedback on the standard during its application, performing a gap analysis at the start of the review, and organizing stakeholder consultation.
Also new is the option of reaffirming an existing standard. When the review shows that the standard meets all current (stakeholder) needs, a revision would not be required and the standard can be reaffirmed.
This public consultation is the first one in a series of upcoming consultation as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for all the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!
This consultation is open from 27 March until 29 May 2017. Comments need to be submitted through our online consultation tool. Access the consultation of PEFC ST 1001:201X.
more at: http://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2334-pefc-is-looking-for-your-opinion-on-standard-setting