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Annual Review 2009

2009 saw the tenth anniversary of the PEFC Council. Over the past ten years we have seen forest certification grow to cover 8% of the world's forest area and over a quarter of the world's roundwood production. And of that PEFC is responsible for two thirds of the areas and volumes.

This is a good start for ten years, but we need to bear in mind that forest certification was originally developed to provide a market mechanism to address the challenges faced by tropical wood producing countries. However, certification over that period was primarily taken up in the temperate north with over 90% of certification taking place in Europe and North America. So the easy low hanging fruit have been picked. With certification becoming the mainstay of increasing numbers of public and private procurement policies around the world, the challenge now is to mainstream certification of sustainable managed forests and to extend the reach of this tool to the global south. In so doing, certification needs to become relevant to tackling many of the challenges facing society including climate change and rural development. This requires partnerships and working together to increase the value of certification, not only to the market place, but also to society.

Over the last year PEFC has seen the first endorsements of certification systems in Asia (Malaysia), Africa (Gabon) and Russia. We will need to build on these early successes and grow the certified forest resource to meet the ever increasing market demand for certified products increasingly being demanded by consumers.

We look forward to working with all stakeholders over the next ten years to expand the reach and benefits of forest certification worldwide to the markets, customers, and forest dependent communities including forest owners, workers and indigenous peoples. Much focus in the last ten years has rightly been on the environmental benefits of sustainably managed forests. Now it's the time to ensure the social contributions of forest and forest related activities are better understood by society and reflected in sustainable forest management practices worldwide and it goes without saying that the economic viability of forests will be crucial to deliver these social and environmental benefits.

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Annual Review 2009 (2.86 MB)