Short History

Forest certification systems were established as counter-measure against the prevailing concern about the preservation of the world’s forests and the result of the 1992 UN Rio Summit which defined the “sustainable Development” as the common goal for the development of the humen being.

PEFC was establised in June 1999 in Paris as the international governing organisation for assessing and endorsing national forest certification systems, by the representatives of 11 national forest certification systems in Europe, in order to respond to the demands from family-own and/or small-sized forest oweners.

Since its establishment, PEFC has responded to the necessity of creating a mechanism which allows respect of the political, economic, environmental and cultural conditions of each country whilst meeting the internationally-recognised requirements and is accepted internationally.

Following the expansion within Europe, PEFC was expanded to non-European countries in 2004 such as Australia and Chile. Since then, PEFC continued its expansion globally to become the world’s largest forest certifiation system that hundreds and thousands of small-sized forest owners choose and are certified.

PEFC International office moved from Luxembourg to Geneva, Switzerland facilitate easier and smoother contacts with the UN, international NGOs and other stakeholders.

Brief History Related to Japan (Details: www.pefc.org/)

Year Events
1999 PEFC was establised in Luxembourg as the headoffice of the alliance of 11 European national forest certification systems for governing the whole alliance and providing the internationally comon international  sustainability benchmarks and endorsement of each national member.
 2003 PEFC Asia Promotions was established in Tokyo Japan as the first marketing body of PEFC in Asia.
 2014 SGEC joined PEFC
 2016 SGEC was endorsed by PEFC International

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