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New Board members elected at PEFC’s 22nd General Assembly

Dec 05 2017

Representatives from nature conservation, tropical forestry and the forest industry have all be elected onto the PEFC International Board, following a unanimous vote by the PEFC General Assembly in the Helsinki, Finland.

Alongside two returning Board members, Riikka Joukio (forest industry and processing) and Hervé Le Bouler (NGO), we are delighted to welcome two new board members: Gerald Pfiffinger (ENGO and conservation) and Mohd Nurudeen Iddrisu (tropical forestry).

nurudeen iddrisu 2017"We need forest certification in developing countries," said Dr. Iddrisu, following his acceptance onto the Board.

"Now as part of the PEFC Board, I want to take it upon myself to reach out to my fellow ‘countrymen’ in the tropical countries in order to get certification into the national agenda."

“During my first term on the Board I discovered the diversity of PEFC. Now my role for the next few years is to help work on our future vision. Forestry is the solution for so many of the world’s problems, and by going forward together we can realize this future,” commented Mr. Le Bouler, who is also starting his second term.

riikka joukio 2017“My focus will be on enhancing the market value of PEFC and ensuring business’s views are adequately represented,” said Ms. Riikka Joukio, who is starting her second term on the Board.

Departing Board members

We also said goodbye to three members of the Board: Sheam Satkuru-Granzella, Joseph Lawson and Mike Rose.

“Joe has been on the board since 2011, Mike since 2015 and Sheam has been with us since 2009, including six years as Vice Chair,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International

“We would like to thank them all for their contributions and dedication to PEFC, and wish them well in their future undertakings.”

Nominations Committee

There were also changes to the Nominations Committee, the body responsible for ensuring the balance of the Board. Kit Prins, who has been on the Committee since 2012, stepped down after six years.

Esa Härmälä was elected to join Dr. Bin Che Yeom (Dato) Freezailah and William V. Street Jr. on the 2018 Nominations Committee.

The newly elected Board members

Nurudeen Iddrisu

Mohd Nurudeen Iddrisu is a professional forester, forest geneticist and forest resource analyst with over twenty years’ experience in the field. Nurudeen is Head of the Ghana Forestry Commission's London Office. He is involved in articulating the Government of Ghana’s policies on issues such as timber trade, forest sustainability, timber legality (especially FLEGT licensing). He was Chairperson for the ITTO Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management 2015-2016.

Term of Office: 2017-2020


Riikka Joukio has over 20 years’ experience in global business in forest and packaging industries, in technical roles as well as marketing, sustainability and public affairs positions. She is currently Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group. Riikka is an active member in several forest-related associations, and has had strong engagement with international stakeholders and networks for a number of years.

Current Term of Office: 2017-2020

Herve Le Bouler

Hervé Le Bouler is an Expert within the Research Department of ONF (State Forest Service, France), in charge of climate change impacts and adaptation policies. He heads the Forest Policy Department within the environmental NGO France Nature Environnement (FNE). Hervé is a Member of “Conseil supérieur de la forêt” and from 1976 to 2013 was Director of the National Conservatory of Forest Biodiversity in France.

Current Term of Office: 2017-2020

Gerald Pfiffinger

Gerald Pfiffinger is Managing Director at Umweltdachverband, an umbrella organisation of 35 Austrian environmental NGOs in the fields of nature and alpine conservation, environmental protection and renewable energy. Previously he as Managing Director for BirdLife Österreich. He also worked for WWF Austria and was the WWF representative in several advisory boards and business cooperation.

Term of Office: 2017-2018

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 307 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of September 2018)

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