History before PEFC
PEFC Belgium was created in 2002. Formerly named Woodnet, it changed its name to PEFC Belgium in 2007. The association is responsible for the development and implementation of the PEFC forest certification scheme in Belgium, as well as for the promotion of the PEFC label in Belgium.
PEFC Belgium is based on a 5 chamber model: forest owners, industrials, scientists, environmental associations and forest users. All representatives concerned have a voice in the operation of the association. All decisions made have to be consensus-based.
In Belgium almost 300,000 hectares of forests are PEFC certified.
What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?
There are three main benefits:
- Having access to wood originating from sustainably managed forests from all over the world
- Having a worldwide recognised label
- Having a network of passionate people to share best practices all over the world
Belgian system information
To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.
- National approval date: 27 June 2012
- Review date: 14 November 2019*
* The review date is linked to the approval date of the revised Sustainable Forest Management standard PEFC ST 1003 (14 November 2018).
- Re-endorsed: 13 November 2013
- Re-endorsed: 4 March 2008
- Endorsed: 25 February 2002
- Joined PEFC: 30 June 1999