“SDGs – today’s hottest focus of attention and SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification” Seminar

2018年 3月 5日

SGEC/PEFC holds the captioned seminar on the theme of SDGs, which are advocated by UN as a means of realizing sustainable development on the global basis and present actions that are to be taken by governments, groups, companies and citizens calling much attention form the global society.

With its mission of promoting sustainable forest management as a forest certification system, PEFC shares the common objective with SDGS and believes that PEFC has a lot to make contribution for the achievement of them.

The seminar program is available in Japanese below;-


Please send an application for attendance by accessing to the under-mentioned URL;-



PEFC Statistics by Country (a/o December 2017)

2018年 2月 26日

PEFC International has released the PEFC statistics by country (as of 31/12/2017).

The total area of PEFC-certified forests was 313.5 million hectares (36 countries) and the total number of valid COC certificates was 11,484 (72 countries), increase of 4.0% and 4.6% over the figures of the previous year, respetively. The sharp growth of both FM and COC in Japan drew much attention among other countries.

The details of the statistics are available on the following page of PEFC Internatipnal website;-















2018年 1月 5日


Report on SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in Okayama

2017年 12月 28日

On 20th December, SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in Okayama was held in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture. It was the second round of a series of this seminar, which was held in the areas where acquisition of SGEC/PEFC Forest Management and CoC certification are showing rapid growth. With a participation of Okayama Prefecture as a co-sponsor, 45 people attended the seminar from the local forestry cooperatives, forestry/timber companies and governments.

The seminar commenced with the opening addresses given by the organizers. Then, presentations were given by SGEC/PEFC covering the themes such as the outline and current condition of SGEC and PEFC, the rules related to the implementation of COC, the use of SGEC/SGEC logo and the certification claims. From the representative of the authority of Okayama Prefecture, there was a report on the rapidly increasing FM and COC certification in Okayama and the current status of the establishment of the supply system of certified products, referring to the incentive programs granted by the prefecture.

A journalist of forestry policy, Mr. Y. Ishiyama, presented a suggestion on how to develop and expand the demands for certified products.

In the Q&A session, as a challenge to be sold it was pointed out that there is difficulty for improving society’s understanding of forest certification under the current situation where COC value chains have not been built up enough. In addition, a comment was raised that positive engagement of the administrative authorities is vitally important for promoting forest certification. The seminar was a good occasion to be aware of the current situation of and concerns related to Okayama where SGEC/PEFC certification is spreading rapidly in response to the expected increase of demand for certified products related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games.



Eco-Products 2017 Closed Successfully!

2017年 12月 26日

“Eco-Products 2017” closed with a big success on 9th December. Reflecting the increasing social interest in the environmental issues, over 160 thousand people visited the venue during the show.

As the first trial for this year, we welcomed Kanuma City Forest Certification Council as a co-exhibitor and had SGEC/PEFC display goods displayed at the stands of 18 other exhibitors. This was a pleasant and welcoming change from the previous years, showing the spread of SGEC/PEFC displays from “points” to “surface” through “lines”.

We aim to welcome more co-exhibitors for Eco-Products 2018 with bigger stand!

Japan Was Spotlighted at PEFC General Assembly 2017!

2017年 12月 26日

At 22nd PEFC General Assembly held in Helsinki Finland, Japan’s national forest certification system SGEC was celebrated with 117 new COC certificates issued during the past 12 months for its highest annual growth among all other national members.

Fueled by PEFC’s endorsement achieved in June last year and the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, both PEFC FM and COC certificates are showing remarkable growth in Japan. Following Japan were Spain and Czech Republic.

Regarding FM certificates, Indonesia was awarded for the highest annual growth with almost 2 million ha of newly certified forest areas.


Eco-Products 2017

2017年 12月 7日

Asia’s largest annual environment and energy exhibition “Eco-Products 2017” opened today for three days until 9th December at Tokyo Big Sight.

This year, international forest certification system SGEC/PEFC is participating in this important event with Tochigi Prefecture’s Kanuma Municipal Forest Certification Council (KMFCC) as the co-exhibitor.

 At SGEC/PEFC stand (# 5-004 located in the middle of East 4 Hall and East 5 Hall), displayed are pamphlets and panels as well as sample PEFC/SGEC-certified products which explain SGEC/PEFC forest certification systems plainly and introduce the activity and the local certified products of KMFCC.

In addition, reflecting the rapidly spreading understanding and acceptance of forest certification such as SGEC/PEFC among companies and organisations of the forest-related industries, administrative authorities and academics, SGEC/PEFC pamphlets are displayed at other 17 stands as well.

Should you be interested in learning more about forest certification, SGEC/PEFC or KMFCC, please come to Eco-Products 2017 and visit our stand.


 SGEC/PEFC Stand 2


PEFCAP Newsletter Vol 42

2017年 11月 30日

PEFC Aia Promotions has just issued PEFCAP Bi-lingual Newsletter Vol 42.
The topics of this issue are the following;-

– Closure of PEFC Asia Promotions and Integration woth SGEC
– SGEC Forest Certification Seminar in Ehime and Okayama
– Perspective of DEvelopment of Paper Procurement Policy for 2020 Tokyo
International News
– PEFC Seeks Comments on the Korean Forest Certification System
– 2017 PEFC Forest Week and General Assembly in Finland
Introduction of PEFC-certified Products with PEFC Logo
– Yokohama Milk Adopted PEFC-certified Paper for School Lunch Milk

We hope that you will enjoy the latest news related to PEFC International and PEFC Japan.

PEFCAP Bi-lingual Newsletter Vol 42

SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in Ehime

2017年 11月 10日

Recently, there has been a sharp rise in the acquisition of forest certification among forest products industries throughout the nation. Reflecting this trend, the secretariats of PEFC Asia Promotions and SGEC are receiving many requests for information related to general issues of forest certification and questions on acquiring forest management certification and/or COC certification.
In response to such voices, we are planning to organize SGEC/PEFC Forest Certification Seminar in those selected areas where acquisition of FM and/or COC certification is showing prominent growth among others.
The first seminar will be held in Ehime Prefecture on 29th November.
Those who live in Ehime or its surrounding areas, please apply for the seminar and learn about SGEC/PEFC!

For applying for the seminar, kindly advise company name, section, your name by e-mail to;-

Seminar Program (in Japanese)

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