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

 

PEFC/SGEC International Photo Contest

2017年 4月 25日

PEFC International will offer PEFC Photo Contest、in response to the proposal from PEFC Italy, during Earth Day 2017 which starts from 22nd April 2017 to 5th June 2017.
In Japan, SGEC will offer the photo contest with co-sponsorship of PEFC Asia Promotions and the best awarded photograph will be nominated for the International Contest.
This is the event that PEFC has planned for the first time and the awarded photographs will be used for various purposes such as calendars or photo books in the future, thus will make much contribution for promotion of forest management in the world.

The details of the SGEC Photo Contest is available below.
SGECフォトコンテスト (Japanese language)

Please contact SGEC Secretariat for inquiries. desk@sgec-eco.org

Join us and send your nice forest pictures!

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 .

href=”http://www.pefcasia.org/images/2017/04/NCCF_Trees_outside_forests.pdf”>Application Form</a>

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.”

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