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2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund

Pioneering technology innovation within forest certification

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The 2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund is now closed, thank you for all your submissions! We will be announcing the winners later in the year.

Making Certification SMART

Our 2017 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue was dedicated to innovations that demonstrate how technology can support and enhance forest certification.

There is clearly great potential for forest certification to continue embracing modern innovations and technology. But the challenge is how to ensure and enhance the alignment of innovation with existing challenges so that it can make transformative impact.

Within this spirit, the event called for Purposeful Innovation. To create it, PEFC will require constructive partnerships, innovations that deliver mutual benefits for system users and solutions that ultimately enable certification to deliver more value and impact more forests!  

So our 2018 Collaboration Fund will do exactly that – inspire purposeful innovation within forest certification.

Technology and Innovation Platform

Though the Call for Proposals is closed, technology provides are still encouraged to join our online Technology and Innovation Platform.

This platform is designed to enable and encourage ongoing interaction between PEFC International, PEFC members, solution providers and other stakeholders, who are interested in supporting and contributing to purposeful innovation within forest certification.

Whether you are looking for opportunities to pilot test your solution within PEFC, or simply general interaction and discussion with PEFC and partners on innovation, sign up now to get involved.

If you have any queries, let us know at, you can also find more information in our Call for Proposals.

What we were looking for

This year, we were looking for project proposals that pioneer the application of technology and innovation within forest certification.

We wanted ambitious solutions to tackle critical issues like making certification more accessible for smallholders, creating innovative approaches for auditing and data collection, or imagining new ways to engage consumers on sustainability.

For example, projects that show promise of new solutions for:

  • engaging and leveraging society for sustainable forestry
  • strengthening trust and traceability throughout value chains
  • creating efficient and accessible sustainable forest management certification
  • evolving certification processes, data collection and impact measurement

Check out the Call for Proposals for more information...

Further information

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 313 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2017)
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