Awarding Ceremony of Japan’s First SGEC/PEFC Project COC Certificate

2017年 7月 28日

In Fujinomiya city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Mt Fuji World Asset Centre is currently under construction toward the inauguration expected in December this year. In mid-July, the construction of the wooden latticework monument was completed as a part of the building. This monument is calling much attention not only for its beautiful appearance but also for the fact that local Japanese cypress woods, which are certified to SGEC/PEFC and distributed under “Fuji Hinoki” brand, were used and that its construction project was granted SGEC/PEFC project COC certification as the first case in Japan.

On 27th July, the certificate awarding ceremony was held at a conference room of Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association (JIA) which undertook the audits of this project certification.

Amongst the attendants of the ceremony giving words of thanks and delights were Mayor of Fuji City Mr. Konagai who is Chairman of Fuji District Forestry Promotion Association and other officials from the local administrative bodies such as Mr. Tajima, Head of Shizuoka Prefecture Fuji Agriculture and Forestry Office. Attendants from the architectural sector were Mr. Kageyama, CEO of Kageyama Mokuzai Co., Ltd who assumed the role of the project manager and Mr. Satoh from Shelter Corporation in charge of the materials procurement and delivery.

(Fuji City Mayor Mr. Konagai & JIA Chairman Mr. Suzuki)

Representing JIA, Mr. Suzuki, Chairman, gave a congratulatory address, to which followed a few words given by the representatives from SGEC and PEFC Asia Promotion.

Before concluding the ceremony, several questions were asked by media reporters on the overall flow of the certified woods, some technical factors related to the construction of the monument and the expected impact of the achievement of this project COC certification on the industries and society.

Finally, this auspicious event was concluded by a commemorative photograph session.

SGEC/PEFC welcomed this achievement with great pleasure as a sample case which is associated with the worldly brand Mt. Fuji World Asset, preceding the rising social interests in environmentally-friendly construction of large-scale buildings using certified materials in relation to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in Tokyo

2017年 7月 25日

Reflecting the recent upsurging social interests in forest certification, a number of companies have newly acquired SGEC forest management certification or SGEC/PEFC COC certification during the past 12 months.

Accordingly, we are receiving various inquiries on the required procedures in the actual business contexts, and considered that many certificate holders and stakeholders want to familiarize themselves with concrete procedures and rules.

Therefore, this seminar is organized mainly for those who are already certified as well as those who are considering seeking certification.

For details of the SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in Tokyo is available below.

Seminar Program (Japanese only)

Great progress with PEFC certification of New Zealand forest practices

2017年 7月 21日

It is time to celebrate in New Zealand as the first forests in the country achieve PEFC certification. Over 400,000 hectares of forest – about 20% of New Zealand’s plantation forest estate – are now PEFC-certified!
“It is really encouraging to see forest managers adopting PEFC on such a scale, so soon after we were able to bring it to New Zealand,” said NZFCA Chair, Dr. Andrew McEwen.
“The New Zealand forest and wood products sector relies heavily on exports with around 70% of production being exported. Increasingly their main markets, particularly Australia, North America and Asia, are demanding third party certification as proof of legality of harvest and quality of forest management.”
“Most of the countries New Zealand exports to are now PEFC members and recognize PEFC certification as meeting their import requirements.”
The three forestry companies to achieve PEFC certification are RMS Forests Ltd., (the former Wellington Regional Council forests), Hancock Forest Management NZ Ltd., and Timberlands Ltd.
Two more forest management companies are in the process to be certified.
In addition, 27 companies involved in forest products processing and other supply chain activities are PEFC Chain of Custody certified.
This is providing opportunities for New Zealand forest produce to participate in export markets that demand PEFC certification as a way of demonstrating legal and sustainable forest management.

Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International welcomed this move in New Zealand saying, “It is fantastic to see the first forest area in New Zealand achieve PEFC certification. The certification of these plantation forests will enable processors and others along the forest products supply chain to procure PEFC-certified material from local, sustainably managed sources.”

The future of fashion? Our forests!

2017年 7月 14日

PEFC International introduced an interesting article related to PEFC Italy’s innovative promotion event in its web site dated 23 June 2017, as follows;

Cotton, silk, leather… it is time to move on from these old-fashioned materials, to something better! This evening in Perugia, in the heart of Italy, young designers will be revealing their ideas of our clothing future, and their inspiration? Forests!

Our forests have so much to offer us. Yarns from cypress, beech and eucalyptus trees, not to mention cork, are all softer and more breathable than cotton or silk. Fabrics similar to animal skins can instead come from our hardwoods and conifers.

Forests take to the catwalk

As part of PEFC Italy’s Forests for Fashion project, sponsored by the 2016 PEFC Collaboration Fund, fashion students for the Italian Institute of Design in Perugia have been focusing on bringing the sustainable ethos of PEFC into the fashion world.

Together with their teachers, the students have been creating a collection of clothing and accessories made entirely from wood and wood-based products from PEFC-certified forests.

The culmination of this work is on display tonight at the first ‘3F Fashion for Forest’ fashion show, taking place at 6.30pm in the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia. We hope to see you there!

From clothing made from beech, eucalyptus and cork oak, to the wooden accessories, all the raw materials are PEFC certified. This ensures that they have come from sustainably managed forests that will be around for generations to come.

Making sustainability more fashionable than ever

The initiative “Forest for Fashion” was first launched in 2014 by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Since then it inspired other initiatives and partners to join forces and continue growing the idea.

The “Forests for Fashion – Fashion for Forests” publication, released in June 2017, provides deeper insights on what happens when sustainable forest management meets sustainable fashion trends.

The programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has now taken over the lead and works with young designers to bring the trend to a wider audience, while ensuring that forest-based materials originate from sustainably managed forests.



Prize Winners of PEFC Photo Contest Japan Determined!

2017年 7月 6日

Last June we announced on PEFC Photo Contest that was held by PEFC International in line with The International Earth Day and that Sustainable Green Eco-system Council hosted the photo contest in Japan. As many as 470 photos were submitted, from which following 5 photos were selected as the winners of the contest by the judging committee.

These photographs will be applied to the International Contest that PEFC will organize in July.
 Top Prize (Photo 1)
Mr. Tadashi Kasai (Nara), Title “Local Deity of Miyoshino” taken at Yoshino-cho, Nara, Japan
 Second Prize (Photo 2)
Mr. Hiroshi Yoshida (Kanagawa), Title “The Road to Restoration” taken at Kumamoto, Japan
 Third Prize (Photo 3)
Mr. Seiji Matsuzaki (Shizuoka), Title “Forest of the Gods” taken at Mie, Japan
 Judges Prize (Photo 4)
Mr. Yoshihiro Motoyama, Title “Praying for Forests” taken at Nagano, Japan
 PEFC Asia Promotion Prize (Photo 5)
Ms. Azusa Funasaka (Tokyo), Title “Reflection: Fresh Green on the Floor” taken at Kyoto, Japan)


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Note: The copyright of these photographs belongs to the applicants of the related photographs. Please do not use these photographs without consent of the copyright holder.

Please contact to the following offices for details of this news.

Sustainable Green Eco-system Council Secretariat

Mr. Muneo Segawa

4th F. Nagatacho Bldg, 2-4-3 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014 Japan

Tel.03-6273-3358 Fax.03-6273-3368 Email:


PEFC Asia Promotions Secretariat

Ms. Makiko Horio

Sankyo Bldg 903 1-7-10 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072 Japan

Tel 03-3221-0151 Fax 03-3221-0152 Email


South Africa joins PEFC as a national member

2017年 6月 29日

We are delighted to welcome South Africa as our latest PEFC national member, becoming our fourth member in Africa, alongside Cameroon, Gabon and Ghana.

“Becoming a PEFC national member is an important step towards the endorsement of our country’s national forest certification system,” said Craig Norris, Forest Technology Manager at NCT Forestry. “We expect to finalize the system documentation by June and will submit the system to PEFC shortly after.”

Why South Africa is choosing PEFC?

There are approximately 1.2 million hectares of exotic tree plantations in South Africa. While much of this is already certified to alternative forest certification systems, most of this area is owned or managed by large organizations. This has led to a growing concern that small- and family forest owners are being left behind.

“As the demand for certified products increases, both abroad and locally, certification could become a trade barrier to smaller management units. In addition, South Africa’s land reform programme is likely to result in a greater proportion of the plantation estate being managed by smaller scale timber growers,” said Mr. Norris.

“The complexity and cost of the certification options that currently exist prevents many smaller operations from achieving certification. There is an urgent need to develop a standard that is more relevant to our plantation forestry, particularly for smaller scale operations. This is where PEFC comes in,” Mr. Norris concluded.


Forests and Forestry White Paper 2016

2017年 6月 28日

“Forests and Forestry White Paper 2016”, issued on 26th May by Forestry Agency of Japan, listed up several matters as the international countermeasures against illegal loggings such as Japan’s participation in Montreal Process (criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management) developed by the countries on the Pacific-rim, the introduction of Clean Wood Law and international forest certification systems such as PEFC and FSC and the PEFC-endorsed Japanese national system SGEC.

The White paper also referred to the commitment expressed by Summit Leader’s Declaration adopted by the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Talks for the extermination of illegal loggings.

We, forest certification systems, such as SGEC/PEFC heartily welcome government’s active support and aid for promoting forest certification.

Subcommittee Report on Forestry Policy by Agriculture and Forestry Division of the Liberal Democratic Party ( 27th May 2017)

2017年 6月 19日

On 27th May 2017, Liberal Democratic Party’s Forestry Policy Subcommittee published summary report titled “Direction of Development of Forests, Forestry and Timber Industry in Future”, summarising the discussions held to-date.

The report refers to the necessity of advancing promotion of forest certification such as PEFC and SGEC in Japan and is quite encouraging for us. We summarized the report below for those who are interested.

The report, referring to the fact that trees growing in the plantation forests established after WWII, have now reached the harvest period, closed up the issues attributable to the small-sized and sporadic forest ownership structure in Japan, pointing out the delay in centralization of the operations, improvement of the logging roads network, the demoralisation of forest owners and the consequent nonperformance of adequate forest management.

On the other hand, countermeasures were proposed such as cultivation of forest owners/managers’ responsibility for adequate forest management, establishment of support system by local government and setting up concrete goals for achieving such goals. Furthermore, as a means of the comprehensive from-upstream-to-downstream promotion for grappling with these issues, it was strongly recommended that all concerned parties should work together for realising circulatory use of forest resources.

At the same time, as the means for vitalisation of the wood industry through creation of new demand for domestic wood, enhancement of the domestic wood use and wood export, the report proposed the creation of the new demand such as CLT and fire-resistant wooden materials, proactive promotion of wooden public buildings, grant of incentives for the use of wood, active use of wooden biomass, development of new wood use technology, promotion of JAS for raising the value of solid timber and technology and human resource development.

In addition, the report referred to the recently introduced Clean Wood Law and 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and proposed that the active promotion of the distribution and use of the clean wood and wood certified to forest certification systems should take place as a measure for improving people’s understanding and interest through advancing education in forest and wood.

Furthermore, the report also proposed the promotion of the production of non-wood forest resources such as mushrooms, bamboos, bio-charcoals, landscape preservation of satoyama. Steady commitment for advancement of the reconstruction of the areas damaged by 2011 East Japan Earthquake was raised for concluding the report.

PEFC Photo Contest Closed with Big Success!

2017年 6月 13日

PEFC Photo Contest, which started on 22nd April as a global event, was closed on 5th June with a big success. In Japan, the contest was organized by Sustainable Green Eco-system Council (SGEC) with co-sponsorship of PEFC Asia Promotions under the title “Be Friend with Forest!” during the same period.

This first photo event initiated by SGEC called much attention among stakeholders and received as many as 469 photos.

Many artistic high quality photos were sent to the organizer, showing beautiful and invariable forests from various angles, thus, giving headache to the judges.

The prize winners and the photos will be announced shortly!

PEFC Annual Review 2016 – Highlighting the Achievements of the PEFC Alliance

2017年 5月 29日


PEFC International reports on PEFC’s achievements of 2016 in its recent annual report. The latest news article in the PEFC website summarises the report as follows;


So much happened at PEFC in 2016, it is hard to know where to start!

We were delighted to welcome new national members from Ghana, Hungary, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Romania and Thailand. You have to look back to the early days of our organization for so many members joining in one year. These new members join a fantastic network of organizations, and many of their activities can be found throughout the Annual Review.

Our international projects go from strength to strength. We collaborate with partners and donors around the world to support the development of national forest certification systems, innovate new ways to get more trees certified and work with smallholders. There are now at least a dozen countries developing national systems and preparing for PEFC membership.

We also launched the revision process of our Sustainability Benchmarks – the standards that form the basis for nearly all our activities. As the world changes, best practices and knowledge evolve and society’s expectations grow, we must make sure our standards are the best they can be. The process that will take more than two years, affect the majority of our standards, and involve hundreds of experts and thousands of stakeholders.

Last but not least, 2016 was the year we reached 300 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest!

We hope this Annual Review helps give you a glimpse of the work of the PEFC alliance. And if you feel inspired, please get in contact – we look forward to hearing from you!

PEFC Annual Review 2016 is available by accessing to the under-mentioned PEFC website;

PEFC Annual Review 2016


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