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France and PEFC: Strong commitment to advance certification

Oct 10 2017

Paris meeting 2017“I would first like to thank Stéphane Marchesi, who, after 16 years of leading PEFC France, has decided it is time to move on,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, following two days in Paris.

“In these last few days I have met with senators, civil society organizations, numerous companies and the general public, and it has been fantastic to see the level of support of PEFC in France: a legacy of Stéphane’s commitment to PEFC over the last almost two decades.”

Mr. Gunneberg was joined by Peter Latham, Chairman of the PEFC International Board, in Paris in late September for a special two-day program as PEFC France launched their new model.

A particular highlight came on the second morning: a breakfast meeting held in the fantastic setting of the French Senate. Organized in cooperation with Culture Papier, a non-profit association federating paper industry operators to promote the cultural, economic and social roles of paper, it brought together senators and representatives from the paper industry.

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“It is important to remember that paper consumption and sustainable forestry are not incompatible. In fact, paper produced from sustainably managed, PEFC-certified forests actually helps to ensure our forests will be around for generations to come,” said Mr. Latham.

Over the two days, M. Gunneberg and Mr. Latham also attended two exchange sessions, one with stakeholders from around France and the other focused on civil society, as well as a press conference and an internal meeting with PEFC France.

Paris press conference 2017“It was great to witness the impressive work done by PEFC France under the leadership of Stéphane,” concluded Mr. Gunneberg.

“We wish him well in all his future endeavors and look forward to welcoming the new National Secretary.”