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Hard work in the forest is often the only way to make a livelihood in rural areas

Hard work in the forest is often the only way to make a livelihood in rural areas

Jan 19 2018 In 2017 we held the first ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Taking place in 23 countries, we received over 11,000 photos from forests around the world. From the thousands of photos received, we chose our top 12 images, all of which can be seen here. For every month...

We explain the changes to our group certification standard

We explain the changes to our group certification standard

Jan 08 2018 Do you want to give your feedback as we revise our standard for group certification? But feel like you need more information on how the standard is changing? Then make sure you register for our upcoming webinars! Taking place Monday 5 and Wednesday 7 February, these webinars will introduce and...

American Tree Farm System and Czech Republic achieve PEFC re-endorsement

American Tree Farm System and Czech Republic achieve PEFC re-endorsement

Jan 04 2018 The Czech Forest Certification System and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) have successfully achieved PEFC re-endorsement, confirming they continue to meet our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks. Launched in 1941, ATFS is one of the oldest initiatives for certifying sustainable...

PEFC helps cities get their Christmas festivities started!

PEFC helps cities get their Christmas festivities started!

Dec 22 2017 Christmas is round the corner. Time for us to head into town, to a Christmas market or to see the festive lights. But what city square would be complete without a Christmas tree? “These stunning trees, several meters tall and often over a hundred years old, are certainly special,”...

Give your feedback on PEFC Group Certification! Public consultation open

Give your feedback on PEFC Group Certification! Public consultation open

Dec 20 2017 Working with smallholders is at the heart of our work. This is why group certification is an extremely important instrument in our forest certification toolbox. Our revised Group Certification standard is now up for public consultation, and we are asking you to share your insights and knowledge...

PEFC publishes its first two revised technical documents!

PEFC publishes its first two revised technical documents!

Dec 18 2017 As part of our comprehensive technical documents revision, we have recently finished the revision of the first two documents and published the approved final versions on our website. The two documents are our requirements for the development and review of national sustainable forest management...

Belarus achieves PEFC re-endorsement

Belarus achieves PEFC re-endorsement

Dec 14 2017 The national forest certification system of Belarus has successfully achieved PEFC re-endorsement, confirming it continues to meet our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks. This re-endorsement also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in Belarus continue to benefit from the...

Where next for PEFC? Potential members have their say

Where next for PEFC? Potential members have their say

Dec 12 2017 The 22nd PEFC General Assembly closed with voices from the future, as countries actively developing national forest certification systems took to the floor. As has become the tradition during our General Assembly, representatives from countries that have or are not yet PEFC members were invited...

UDT investigates complaint against RDLP Bialystok

UDT investigates complaint against RDLP Bialystok

Dec 08 2017 UDT has requested RDLP Bialystok to respond to the complaint filed by PEFC International by this Monday, 11 December 2017, 10:00, and reserves the right to suspend the certificate. UDT will also undertake an immediate audit as part of the investigation. PEFC International filed a complaint...

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Give your feedback on the South African forest certification system

Give your feedback on the South African forest certification system

Dec 07 2017 PEFC invites stakeholders around the world to comment on the South African national forest certification system, following its submission to PEFC for endorsement. To give your feedback, head to our Online Consultation Tool. The South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) is one of our newest...