History before PEFC
The forestry activity has grown steadily in the last 30 years in Uruguay. It is a relatively young sector that from the beginning has acted in a responsible and respectful way towards the environment. Uruguay developed its forestry sector through the conservation of natural, indigenous forests and the increase of commercial plantations. In this process, the concern for the environment and sustainability of the sector from the economic and social point of view have has been a priority for all actors involved.
PEFC Uruguay had its origins in the Sociedad de Productores Forestales of Uruguay (Society of Forest Owners, SFP) with the development of the Uruguayan Sustainable Forest Management Certification Scheme, which was divided into two parts - the first dealt with the organizational structure of the certification scheme while the second part involved the Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Técnicas (UNIT) and the setting of the Standards for Sustainable Forest Management, that PEFC Uruguay adopts as part of the Scheme.
The PEFC Uruguay Association is recognized as a national referent of the worldwide promotion of forestry sustainability, setting the basis of a participative process to enhance the national potential in the use, maintenance, enrichment
What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?
Being part of the PEFC Alliance gives our personnel and clients ongoing access to support, training and advice from PEFC and fluid communication and exchange with other members of the alliance as well sharing a pool of expertise.
The shared experiences allow the members to guarantee that the highest standards are met across the whole PEFC Alliance.
Uruguayan 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: 30 September 2014
- 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).
- Revised system endorsed: 29 March 2018
- Public consultation: 4 May - 3 July 2017
- Revised system submitted for assessment: December 2016
- Endorsed: 29 June 2011
- Joined PEFC: 5 October 2006