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Annual Review 2011 - Moving Beyond Timber

"Beyond timber" is the theme of the 2011 Annual Review, reflecting changes that have taken place over the past few years in the forest-based sector, among forest users and uses. It reflects the outlook for forest certification and PEFC.

When PEFC began its work over a decade ago, the focus of the forest-based sector was much more oriented towards a 'traditional' wood and timber heartland with its 'traditional' uses and users. In the last few years, there has been a market shift in this focus towards one in which the forest-based sector has a much more prominent role to play in efforts to overcome global challenges.

Today, it is widely recognized that the forest sector has an integral part to play in efforts to combat climate change, achieve poverty reduction, and reconcile the competing imperatives of rising energy demand and the need for emissions reductions, not to mention peak oil. This, in turn, has impacts on sustainable forest management and its certification; and therefore also for PEFC. Just as the forest-based sector is transitioning, so too must certification if it is to keep abreast of changes in the global forest sector.

Certification now has to go beyond timber and this has implications for the work of PEFC. Many of the priorities identified and activities undertaken during 2011 were designed to reflect these changes. But while the 2011 Annual Review recaps the activities of last year, it also seeks to look 'beyond timber' to the future and set the scene for the organization's activities going forward.

This is an exciting time for PEFC. In addition to adjusting our focus towards the future, it also requires us to engage with an increasing number of stakeholders from a wide range of sectors who seek to utilize our forests for the benefit of society as a whole. This will create a new dynamic in our activities and in the way we implement them. We look forward to engaging with you as you join us on our journey beyond 2011 and beyond traditional timber users, and invite you to get an overview of our activities described in the 2011 Annual Review.

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PEFC Annual Review 2011 (4.06 MB)