PEFC Board elections 2023
16 November 2023 Organization news
One new member elected to the PEFC International Board at the 29th PEFC General Assembly, held virtually on 15 November. Suzette Weeding re-elected as Vice Chair and Lena Ek re-elected as Board member.
We are delighted to welcome A.K. Bansal to the PEFC International Board.
A. K. Bansal is a retired officer of the Indian Forestry Service, with a career spanning 37 years in forest management and conservation.
His career includes roles such as Additional Director General of Forests at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, where he influenced forest conservation policies, legal frameworks, and international collaborations.
Arun has led initiatives related to forest certification, forest product research, and the development of wood-based industries, and with his knowledge of global and Indian perspectives on forest certification, he is a recognized authority in this field.
“I am honoured to be elected to the PEFC Board and thank you all for reposing trust in me,” said Mr Bansal following his election to the Board.
“As a professional forester, I have been associated with governance of natural resources, and would like to contribute to improving forest governance in the member countries in collaboration with the national PEFC members.”
“I also look forward to the opportunity to enhance the benefits to tree growers in rural landscapes through certification of Trees outside Forests (TOF). TOF are not only becoming important sources of industrial wood and other tree products, but are also emerging as one of the key natural climate solutions.”
Board member Suzette Weeding was re-elected as Vice Chair and Lena Ek was re-elected as a Board member. All three have three-year terms, 2023-2026.
We also say goodbye to Mohd Nurudeen Iddrisu, who had been on the Board since 2017, and Richard Ali.