2016年 6月 17日
“Forum for Further Development and Internationalization of Forest Certification 2016”, was held on 7th June at Ichijo Hall of the University of Tokyo under the sponsorship of SGEC, co-sponsorship of PEFC Asia Promotions and support from Forestry Agency of Japan. The purpose of the form was to celebrate and report on the PEFC’s endorsement of SGEC, which was officially conferred to SGEC on 3rd of June with the main theme focusing upon the rising opportunities and challenges related to the further development of Japan’s forest certification system and its internationalization. The forum was honored by the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, who also honored with her presence “Promotion of Forest Certification System of Japan in Future” held in October 2014 in commemoration of the participation of SGEC in International PEFC and the 10th anniversary of PEFC Asia Promotions. Her Imperial Highness Takamado commended in her words the efforts of all the dedicated people who had worked towards gaining this recognition by PEFC with words of congratulation and expectation for the role of SGEC as an international forest certification system in both English and Japanese. The forum started with the opening address by SGEC Chairman Dr. Satohiko Sasaki, to which followed the words of congratulations from the distinguished guests, Mr. Satoshi Imai, Director General of Forestry Agency of Japan, Mr. Ben Gunneberg, CEO of International PEFC and Mr. Alun Watkins, executive Director PEFC UK.After a short break, lectures were given first by Prof. Kazuhito Shiga, University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Life & Environmental Sciences on “The role of forest certification system in the future at the new-environmental era”, then by Mr. Kiyoo Nakagawa, Director of SGEC on “The role of SGEC as international forest certification system in the future at the new-environmental era”. Thanks to all of those various distinguished guests and their presentations, SGEC Forest Certification Forum became a very variegated and valuable event.
With the strong perspective that certified wood and paper will be used for facilities, buildings, wood products and printed matters related to 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, industry and society’s interest in forest certification is rising sharply. Reflecting this trend, as many as 300 people attended the forum and celebrated SGEC’s great achievement.
In addition, two days after the forum, PEFC Project Certification Seminar was held at a conference room of SGEC on 9th June. This seminar was organized taking advantage of the presence of Mr. Alun Watkins, Executive Director of PEFC UK, who was deeply engaged in and greatly contributed to the outstanding achievement of “100% certified status” of London’s Olympic Park, for which application of project certification was indispensable. Mr. Watkins willingly agreed to come to Japan and talk on the case of the PEFC project certification applied to the constructions related to the Olympic Park used for 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Showing the rise of interest in forest certification here again, about 65 people attended the seminar mainly from construction, building materials and wood product industries.