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Argentine Forest Certification System (CERFOAR)

The Argentine Forest Certification System is a voluntary initiative of national stakeholders to establish forest certification requirements for both native forests and plantations. It was developed in a multi-stakeholder process with participation of representatives from every link in the value chain of forest-based products and other interested parties making up the entire forest sector in Argentina.

There are over 28 million hectares of natural forest in Argentina - covering a tenth of the country’s land area – but less than 1% of these forests are currently certified. With 80% of Argentina’s forests under private ownership, there was a clear need to develop a certification system that involved all stakeholders in the standard setting process, ensuring that it responded adequately to their various needs, while at the same time met globally accepted international requirements.

Who we are

Organizational Information

CERFOAR, a civil non-profit association, was formed in 2009 by the Argentine Forest Association (AFoA), the Argentine Federation of Wood Industry and Allied (FAIMA) and the Cellulose and Paper Manufacturers Association (AFCP) to manage the Argentine Forest Certification System.

Who's Who

  • Osvaldo Vasallo - President
  • Pedro Reyna - Vice President
  • Florencia Chavat - Executive Secretary

CERFOAR - Argentine Forest Certification System
Bartolome Mitre N° 1895
Piso 2 Oficina “C”
Buenos Aires

Florencia Chavat
Executive Secretary
Tel: +54 114 374 883 8

Endorsement Dates

  • Joined PEFC: 12 November 2010
  • First endorsement: 29 July 2014
  • Current endorsement valid until: 31 December 2019*

*This system has been granted an extraordinary endorsement extension to enable it to transition to the revised PEFC benchmark standards, due for completion in late 2017/early 2018.

Endorsement Documentation

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 303 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 18,800

(as of June 2017)
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