India: NCCF Calls for Participation in TOF Standard

2017年 4月 12日

The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), a non-profit organisation, was established with the purpose of developing India’s National Forest Management certification standards. We have already progressed significantly in the development of national standards for natural forests, and the draft standard is in the public domain right now, open for stakeholder comments. As a natural progression of that process, we have initiated an ambitious project for the development of assessment standards for Certification of Trees Outside Forests (ToF), the first of its kind in the world, through a multi stakeholder Standard Development Group (SDG).

 The term ToF, refers to all trees that are grown outside the “recorded forest area”; and includes both agroforestry as well as urban forestry, and includes within its ambit trees growing in private lands in agroforestry, farm forestry, along farm bunds and homesteads, in orchards and in common and state non-forest lands in parks and gardens, along roads, canals and railway line in rural or urban areas etc.. These ToF resources cater in a major way to meeting the requirements of wood fiber in India, especially from the pulp and paper, plywood and composite products and the handicrafts and furniture industry. However, due to the small scale and unorganized nature of the ToF practitioners, these tend to remain on the fringes of the certification universe. Globally, the wood fiber based industries are moving towards sustainability and certification, and keeping the ToF outside the certification ambit is impacting the uptake of these resources by the industry, as well as denying them the benefits of certification. It is keeping these issues in mind that the NCCF decided to embark on this mission.

The major buy in for international and national stakeholders, as identified by us are:

  • Bringing a majority of the non-aggregated and unorganised forestry sector into the certification stream and enabling them to upgrade their practices and responsibly manage them. The standard shall seek to enforce the rigours of the international forest management certification standards on ToF practitioners, while at the same time recognizing that their small scale and unorganised nature and thus integrate the same in the forest produce supply chain.
  • Certification of ToF will certainly open huge market for certified raw material under ownership of small and medium farmers providing them incentives. This will reduce the ever increasing pressure on the natural forests to meet the certified raw material demand.
  • Market availability of certified forest products obtained from responsibly managed sources currently exclude Trees outside Forests as these resources are formally not included within the scope of forest management certification; creating a market barrier for small holdings. Yet these trees are contributing an ever-increasing share of global forest production (currently estimated at 10%) and the farmers who hold the majority of these resources are already on the margins of an economy and are in need of instruments which proactively support their integration and access to increased livelihood opportunities. Agroforestry also contributes significantly towards environmental services, employment generation and food security. The ToF standard will help in safeguarding the interests of the small/ medium enterprises.

The NCCF recognises the role of trees outside forests, which will support smallholders and promotes expanding the influence on sustainable management beyond forest boundaries at the landscape level. The ToF standard shall be part of the globally aligned certification thought process, which, while meeting the stringent global requirements of sustainability, would also be sympathetic to the forestry and resource management concerns within India. The standard development activity would be a multi-stakeholder activity, drawing on the expertise and experiences of subject matter experts and stakeholders across the economic, environmental, social and political spectrums.

In view of above, NCCF hereby calls for the nomination for members at individual as well as institutional capacities to be a part of Standard Development Group (SDG) for developing the standard for TOF certification. SDG is an apex body to be involved in the development and improvement of the standard. The body will have prerogative to monitor, control and supervise the standard development process. Considering your organisation as a prominent stakeholder in this forestry and forest products supply chain, we would be delighted to have you as part of the team.

 

If you acquiesce to the same, we request you to provide your particulars in the format of Annexure 1 along with relevant enclosures and send it to tof.mail@nccf.in .

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PEFC is looking for your opinion on standard setting

2017年 4月 7日

PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Standard Setting standard – PEFC ST 1001:201X. Give your feedback now! Deadline for comments is 29 May 2017.

http://consultations.pefc.org/consult.ti/ST1001/consultationHome

This standard contains the rules that national standardizing bodies have to follow when they develop and revise their sustainable forest management standards. Core principles of the standard development are stakeholder engagement, balance representation of different interests, consensus building, continuous improvement and transparency.

Improving the standard

The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces critical improvements to the standard setting process itself, including:

・Inclusion of the nine major stakeholder groups of Agenda 21 (UNCED)

・Increased effort to get key stakeholders around the table

・Additional rounds of public consultation

By far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review…

Standards need to be reviewed five years after their approval. While this is not a new requirement, the standard now specifies the exact steps of such a review: recording feedback on the standard during its application, performing a gap analysis at the start of the review, and organizing stakeholder consultation.

Also new is the option of reaffirming an existing standard. When the review shows that the standard meets all current (stakeholder) needs, a revision would not be required and the standard can be reaffirmed.

Public consultations

This public consultation is the first one in a series of upcoming consultation as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for all the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!

This consultation is open from 27 March until 29 May 2017. Comments need to be submitted through our online consultation tool. Access the consultation of PEFC ST 1001:201X.

Get involved

Contact

PEFC International: Christian Kämmer Technical Officer, PEFC International:technical@pefc.org

Japan:PEFC Asia Promotions: info@pefcasia.org/ SGEC:desk@sgec-eco.org

PEFCAP Newsletter Vol 40

2017年 3月 15日

PEFC Asia promotions issued PEFCAP Newsletter Vol. 40.

Issue Vol. 40 features the following topics;

<PEFCAP News>

・Wood from SGEC-certified Forest Was Used for Toyota’s Concept Car “Setsuna”

・Olympics and Forest Certification (Project Certification)

・Renewal of PEFC Asia Promotions’ web page

・Expanding and Increasing Promotional Events for Forest Certification

・Public Consultation of Clean Wood Law in Progress

<International News>

・Public Consultation of Clean Wood Law in Progress

・International Photo Contest by PEFC

This newsletter is available by accessing to “Newsletters and PEFC Pamphlets” page of this website, or clicking the document name below.

PEFCAP Newsletter Vol. 40

For subscribing PEFCAP Newsletter, please contact PEFC Asia Promotions to;

info@pefcasia.org

PEFC/SGEC Exhibits at Japan Kenzai Fair

2017年 3月 9日

Semi-annual Japan Kenzai Fair will be held this year as usual. The 37th JK Fair will be held at Tokyo Big Sight on March 17th and 18th.

PEFC/SGEC will participate in this event as usual and display materials explaining about PEFC and/or SGEC with some sample certified products. The details of PEFC/SGEC stand are as follows;
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight
Stand Title: PEFC
Stand Number: A-07
Hall Number: East 3 Hall

SGEC will make a presentation at Mokuzai Jissen Seminar.
The details of the seminar are;
Date and time: 17th March 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Title: Internationalisation of SGEC and Reviving Regional Forestry toward Olympics
Presenter: Mr. Muneo Segawa, Senior Officer, SGEC

The use of certified wood and paper is recommended by the wood procurement policy for buildings and facilities related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games. In addition, interest in wooden high-rise buildings is showing sharp rise among the relevant industries and organisations.

Accordingly, forest certification and certified forest materials are drawing much attention for their environmentally-friendliness.

Come and play sustainably!

2017年 1月 31日

The children of Valdagno, close to Vicenza and Venice in Northern Italy, can now climb, slide and play sustainably with the unveiling of their new PEFC-certified playground equipment.

The chestnut timber used to make the new structures comes from local, PEFC-certified forests in the Italian Small Dolomites of Veneto region. In fact, the timber is from the world’s smallest certified forest – a group of forest owners with just a seven hectare forest!

The use of chestnut to build the structures also marks the first public action of a regional project to promote the use of local chestnut wood.

“Italy is increasingly rich in forests. Forests that support tens of thousands of wood processing companies,” explained Giustino Mezzalira from Veneto Agricoltura.

“However, we are still importing at least 80% of timber from abroad. This means we are failing to transform this abundant wood resource into an opportunity for the local economy and the environment.”

By increasing the use of chestnut timber within the local industry, the project aims to ensure the active management of these forests. Without regular use and management the forests do not generator income and are therefore often abandoned.

“It’s a real pleasure to be a part of this project, which is giving a new dignity to the resources of our territory,” said Giancarlo Acerbi, the Mayor of Valdagno.

“The project will help to stimulate the attention given to our forests. As more companies invest in our territory, it will not only help our local economy, but also improve the environmental functions our forests provide, such as the prevention of landslides.”

Certified forests’ vital contribution to award winning wooden car

2016年 12月 28日

Looking for a little roadster made from wood? Your wait is over, with the award-winning Setsuna concept car by Toyota.

Built almost entirely from Japanese cedar, which came exclusively from an SGEC-certified forest owned and managed by Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., the car will last for generations. SGEC – the Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council – is the PEFC endorsed national forest certification system for Japan.

Local, certified timber

“The use of wood is particularly special, as the car will change its color and texture to eventually become the car which is special to the family,” said Mr. Tsuji from Toyota.

“For us at Sumitomo Forestry, it was extremely important to use local, certified timber for the construction of this unique car. We want the forests that produced the wood to be around for generations, just like the car,” said Mr. Sano from Sumitomo Forestry.

Award winning

Following its debut at Milan Design Week earlier in 2016, Setsuna won the top prize (the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Award) at the Japan Wood Design Award 2016, which was announced at EcoPro2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The car then went on display near the entrance of the venue, surprising over 170,000 visitors to the show.

The Japan Wood Design Award started in 2015 as a government-subsidized initiative to promote the use of wood and is granted to any wood-related goods and events that are considered to enrich and improve society, livelihood and health.

The evaluation is done by 16 assessors, representing the relevant industry sectors such as architecture, space, building materials, woodcraft, communications, technology and researches.

Environmental credentials

“It is wonderful to see such a beautifully designed car with serious environmental credentials, and we are delighted with their choice to use wood from an SGEC-certified forest,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“The use of wood in construction is becoming increasingly relevant. Wood materials not only offer unique construction solutions, but if sourced sustainably from a certified forest, can also help prevent the overexploitation and degradation of the world’s forests.”

PEFC and SGEC Exhibit at Eco-products 2016

2016年 11月 29日

International forest certification system PEFC and Sustainable Green Eco-system Council will exhibit jointly at Eco-products 2016 which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight for three days beginning from 8th December 2016.

With the expectation that certified wood and paper will be preferably used for the construction projects and printed matters related to the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, social interests in forest certification is rising sharply.
At PEFC/SGEC booth, various materials and sample certified products of both PEFC and SGEC will be displayed.

Please come and see us!

Event details
Date and Time: 8th -10th December 2016
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight East 1 Hall, “Eco-life Starting from Forests” Area Booth # F-24
Stand title:”International Forest Certification System PEFC/Sustainable Green Eco-system Council (SGEC)”

Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo

2016年 11月 21日

Under the sponsorship of Kyushu Economic Federation and support from Kyushu Forest Management Office of Forestry Agency of Japan and the Kyushu’s seven prefectures, “Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo” will be held on 5thg December.
The seminar aims to invigorate the forest and timber industry of Kyushu by way of promotion of Kyushu-made wood and appeals the use of Kyushu-made wood for the facilities related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
If you are interested, please refer to the under-mentioned details. Your attendance is much welcomed.

“Kyushu-made Certified Wood Promotion Seminar in Tokyo”
Date and Time: 5th December 2016 (Mon) 15:00-17:00 (registration: 14:30)
Venue: Tekko Kaikan Rm 801 (8F) (3-2-10 Kayaba-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Details: Invitation letter (Japanese) Seminar Program (Japanese)

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