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Dec 10,2014
PEFC Launches Vietnamese System Development Toolkit

Government officials, forestry experts and certification bodies in Vietnam had the very first opportunity to see PEFC’s brand new Vietnamese version of the System Development Toolkit, following its launch today. On the occasion of PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg’s trip to Vietnam, this new language version of the toolkit was officially launched during the Forestry Certification Workshop 2014, held in Hanoi and organized jointly by the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences and PEFC international

The event gave government officials and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn first-hand the advantages of bottom-up, nationally controlled forest certification systems with presentations given by representatives of both Malaysia and China.

“Malaysian stakeholders chose PEFC as it ensured international accountability and access to global markets for certified wood, whilst at the same time ensuring the sovereignty of a national system owned and managed by local stakeholders - an option only available through PEFC,” explained Sabrina Wu, PR and Marketing Manager at MTCC (Malaysian Timber Certification Council).

Professor Wenming Lu, Deputy Secretary General for CFCC (China Forest Certification Council), emphasized the importance of independent national systems and encouraged the Vietnamese, who have recently developed a national standard, to now develop the supporting delivery systems. These systems could be supplied by the Vietnamese accreditation body, part of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), which would enable Vietnamese certification bodies and auditors to deliver world quality certification at competitive prices, making certification more affordable to more land managers than is currently the case without a national system.

The PEFC event was oversubscribed and a further event is planned in Ho Chi Minh City, tomorrow Tuesday 9 December.

Dec 9,2014
PEFCAP Newsletter Vol33 Features "Promotion of Forest Certification System for the Future in Japan Forum" held last October

PEFCAP Newsletter Vol33 has been issued featuring the captioned forum.
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Nov 28,2014
New Zealand is Ready for PEFC Menbership

During the past sevaral years, there has been a move within New Zealand for establishing national forest certification system. An application for PEFC membership has just been submitted by New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) this week. It is expected that NZFCA will rapidly advance its preparation for PEFC endorsement.

Nov 27,2014
Indonesian Forests to Benefit from PEFC Certification

Indonesian forests, home to some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world, can now benefit from credible, globally recognized sustainable forest management certification following the endorsement of the Indonesian Forestry Certification Co-operation (IFCC) by PEFC, the world’s leading forest certification system.

“This endorsement signifies a turning point for Indonesia, a country which is still struggling with combating high deforestation rates,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC International. “Forest certification represents an important mechanism to verify and promote sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests provide. This is especially important in a country like Indonesia given the significance of its forest resources both in terms of protecting its invaluable biodiversity and its contribution to the livelihoods of the millions of people that depend on forest resources to make a living.”

With more than 50% of Indonesia’s land area forested, the country’s rainforest is the third-largest in the world. It is considered one of the five most species-rich countries globally, home to about ten percent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds. It is estimated that 80 million Indonesians rely on forests for their livelihood. Responsible management of the country’s forest resources are also important from an economic point of view: Smallholders and industrial forestry operators, along with pulp and paper producers, depend on forests, and contribute approximately US$21 billion to the economy — around 3.5 percent of Indonesia’s GDP. More than 4 million people are employed by this industry.

“PEFC forest certification enables people to choose good wood, wood that comes from forests that have been independently verified as sustainably managed. We encourage companies and consumers alike to opt for PEFC-certified products to support forest owners in Indonesia that manage their forests sustainably,” emphasized Ben Gunneberg.

“Finding the right balance that protects forests and the people who depend on them is critical to achieving long term sustainability. We have benefitted from the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in the development of our national forest certification system towards this ambitious goal, and the endorsement by PEFC confirms that we are in alignment with globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks,” said Dradjad H Wibowo, Chairman of the IFCC. “Forest owners and companies are now able to demonstrate their good practices through certification and to re-gain the trust of the marketplace that has been lost over the past decade. Indonesia recognizes the importance of sustainable forest management, and we encourage buyers globally to take a second look at certified forest products from Indonesia and to reward those who are committed to safeguarding our forest resources.”

The endorsement of IFCC by PEFC follows the most rigorous assessment process existing globally for national forest certification systems seeking international recognition. PEFC requires all standards to be developed through comprehensive, multi-stakeholder and consensus-based processes at national level with all standard requirements meeting or exceeding the environmental, social and economic requirements of PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks.

Nov26,2014
Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label products, PEFC research shows

More than 80% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainable managed forests to use certification labels, according to the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey, released today.

The survey shows that certification labels, such as the PEFC label, are the most trusted means of giving confidence to consumers that wood-based products are sustainably sourced.

Consumers globally believe that it is important to make ethical choices, with 60% of all those surveyed agreeing that their shopping choice for a labeled product can make a positive difference to the world’s forest. Only a small minority, 10%, felt that their choice for a sustainably sourced product would not make a difference.

Moreover, nearly 30% of all consumers responded that they actively look for forest certification labels. “As the leading forest certification organization, we are encouraged that consumers recognize the benefits of forest certification, with the PEFC label enabling them to consume responsibly and to reward companies that label,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC International.

The research shows that over half of all consumers (54%) consider certification labels as the most reassuring proof that environmental and sustainable development considerations have been taken into account. Other means of proof include country of origin (30%), brand (24%) and recommendations by family/friends and media (17% and 16% respectively).

The overwhelming majority of consumers globally - more than 80% - want companies to use labels on products to communicate their responsible sourcing practices to them. Only 4% disagreed that companies should use labels.

“With labels being the most trusted source of information by consumers about whether a product is environmentally and socially responsible, the PEFC label demonstrates to consumers that a company is addressing their expectations,” emphasized Mr. Gunneberg. “In short, the PEFC label adds real value to a company’s brand.”

The survey shows that PEFC is the most trusted global forest certification label, slightly ahead of FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council. Internationally, 40% of consumers know a global forest certification label; the label recognition of PEFC is at 21%.

The first PEFC Global Consumer Survey was undertaken by German-based GfK on behalf of PEFC International with a sample of a total of 13,000 people in 13 countries, 1,000 men and women aged 16+ years per country, in Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.

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Nov12,2014
Japan Becomes Fourth Asian Country to Join as a PEFC National Member

Momentum continues to grow for PEFC in the Asia region with Japan becoming the latest Asian country to join as a National Member. Following in the footsteps of China, Indonesia and Malaysia, the addition of Japan’s Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC) to the PEFC alliance shows that PEFC truly is the forest certification system of choice for the region.

“At the moment, the forest area certified to SGEC is about 1.25 million ha, which corresponds to just 5% of the total forest area in Japan. However, SGEC successfully expanded its activity nationwide under the cooperation from many stakeholders during the decade since its establishment, and we trust that we have reached the stage where basic infrastructure has been completed as a national forest certification system,” commented Kiyoo Nakagawa, Director/Secretary General of SGEC.

“On this good opportunity we have joined PEFC, aiming at achieving mutual recognition with PEFC for making progress as an international forest certification system. Currently, we are conducting a public consultation on the SGEC standards which will be the basic framework for advancing mutual recognition, aiming at achieving the mutual recognition by finishing the preparation by the end of this year.”

“We, SGEC, intend to develop SGEC as an internationally recognized forest certification system through mutual recognition with PEFC and promote forestry and timber industry by realizing sustainable forest management, thus, make all-out efforts in maximizing the functions of forests, such as prevention of global warming and conservation of bio-diversity,” concluded Mr. Nakagawa.

By becoming a PEFC member, SGEC has fulfilled an important prerequisite for applying for PEFC endorsement. SGEC is currently facilitating a multi-stakeholder process at national level to concerning the Japanese forest management standard, and the organization is committed to achieving mutual recognition and join forces in towards our common objective of promoting sustainable forest management.

A range of other countries in the region, including India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand are also advancing in their national system development and exploring options for eventual international recognition by PEFC. Both China and Indonesia achieved PEFC recognition of their national forest certification systems earlier this year, with Malaysia already PEFC endorsed since 2009.

Nov 4, 2014
Report on “Promotion of Forest Certification System for the Future in Japan –Commemoration of PEFC Asia Promotions 10th Anniversary and Participation of Sustainable Green Eco-system Council in PEFC”

With the presence of around 120 participants, the captioned forum ended with a great success. This event had the honor of the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and we gratefully received words of congratulation and a presentation on the importance of forest conservation, the meaning of forest certification systems and her expectation to further diffusion of forest certification in Japan.

In addition, this forum became a very international event with the presence of Chairman of PEFC International, the representatives from PEFC Malaysia and Russia and a group of the trainees of JICA’s “Regional Development by General Use of Forest Resources through Certification Systems and Branding” program who are participating from African and Southeast Asian countries. Their presence was much appreciated by all attendants.

The details of this event will be reported shortly.

Sep 26, 2014
PEFC Supports Global New York Declaration on Forests

An innovative public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples yesterday joined forces to cut the loss of forests in half by 2020 and end it a decade later in 2030 – a move that will eliminate the emission of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. That is equivalent to removing the carbon emissions produced by the one billion cars that are currently on the world’s roads.

At yesterday’s Climate Summit, the New York Declaration on Forests was endorsed by countries in the developed and developing world – including the United States, the EU, and a large number of tropical forest countries – as well as by multinationals from the food, paper, finance and other industries, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples from Peru to Nepal. For the first time, 156 of these global leaders, including PEFC International, agreed on a range of measures to end deforestation, including the need for large-scale economic incentives for countries that reduce the loss of their forests. Deforestation is a frequently overlooked source of carbon dioxide emissions and a significant contributor to climate change, as trees, which store carbon, instead release it when they are burned during slash-and-burn land clearing of forests.

“PEFC as the world's leading forest certification system welcomes this partnership, recognizing the potential that this wide coalition of actors can achieve by joining forces,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC International. “Forest certification is rightly recognized by the New York Declaration on Forests as a very effective measure, and we are looking forward to working with all stakeholders to support our common efforts of promoting responsible forest management. Safeguarding and sustainably managing our global forest resources is not only of fundamental importance to tackling environmental challenges, but it also supports the tremendous socioeconomic benefits that society derives from forests, specifically when it comes to rural development and supporting the livelihoods of people dependent on forest resources.”

The Declaration, which was driven by a group of countries and companies with input from civil society and indigenous peoples, aims to change politics going into next year’s Paris climate talks and accelerate action by companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. The Declaration also calls for the restoration of over 350 million hectares of forests and croplands, an area greater than the size of India, which would bring significant climate benefits and take pressure off primary forests. It builds on announcements made at the Climate Summit and over the past months.

“I asked for countries and companies to bring bold pledges, and here they are,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the Declaration. “The New York Declaration aims to reduce more climate pollution each year than the United States emits annually, and it doesn’t stop there. Forests are not only a critical part of the climate solution – the actions agreed today will reduce poverty, enhance food security, improve the rule of law, secure the rights of indigenous peoples and benefit communities around the world.”

The Declaration’s endorsement comes as the forest sector is transformed by new policies and shifting demand from consumer goods companies and consumers, stronger land rights for indigenous peoples and greater advocacy by civil society. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 75 per cent since 2004, and in the past nine months alone 60 per cent of the world’s highly carbon-intensive palm oil trade has come under commitments to go deforestation-free.

“Forests are not solely economic resources, but are the center of spiritual life and cultural integration for indigenous peoples,” said Abdon Nababan, Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Indonesia’s Archipelago (AMAN). “The New York Declaration is a long-awaited show of political will by all countries to support indigenous peoples as we fight to defend our forests.”

"Our planet is losing forests at a rate of eight football fields every ten seconds,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “Today we’ve seen important commitments from companies, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples to halt this trend. Now it is time for urgent collaboration to see these commitments realized on the ground.”

“PEFC has already certified more than 255 million hectares of forests globally, and we hope that the New York Declaration of Forests, with the support it has gathered from global leaders, will assist us in rapidly expanding this area, for the benefit of the people and the planet,” concluded Mr. Gunneberg.

View The New York Declaration and supporting materials online here, or at:

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/events/2014/september/23-september-united-nations-climate-summit/Land-Use-and-Forest-Action-Area-Online-Pressroom/ へのリンク

Aug 12, 2014
Forest Owners in Argentina Can Now Benefit from International Recognition

PEFC International is pleased to announce the next PEFC-endorsed national forest certification system in South America, the Argentine Forest Certification System

“The endorsement of our system by PEFC is excellent news, as our forest owners will now be able to demonstrate that they manage their forests in a sustainable way, gaining important recognition and access to the global marketplace,” said Mr. Vassallo, President of CERFOAR, the PEFC member for Argentina.“Nearly all our forests are privately owned, and thanks to PEFC’s bottom-up approach to standard setting, we were able to ensure that all the stakeholders were involved in the development of our national system - while at the same time meeting globally accepted international requirements,” continued Mr. Vassallo.

With less than 1% of Argentina’s 28 million hectares of natural forest certified, the Argentine Forest Certification System was developed by a voluntary initiative of national stakeholders to respond to the needs of those throughout the forest sector in Argentina. Given the high level of private ownership in the country, it was vital that the new national system was developed in a multi-stakeholder process with participation of representatives from every link in the value chain of forest-based products and other interested parties making up the entire forest sector.

With this endorsement, Argentina becomes the fourth Latin American country featuring a PEFC-endorsed national forest certification system. The national forest certification systems in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay already benefit from PEFC endorsement. Almost 70% of all forests in South America (and 70% of all forests in the Americas as a whole) can now benefit from PEFC certification.

July 29, 2014
China to Expand Scope of Forest Certification into Broader Range of Sustainability Issues

Bill Street, Chairman and Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General and CEO of PEFC International met with representatives of the Chinese Forest Certification Council (CFCC) today in Beijing following the recent endorsement of the China Forest Certification Scheme (CFCS) by PEFC, the world's largest forest certification system.

"The adoption of PEFC by CFCC is driving the integration of sustainable forest management criteria into a broader range of sustainability issues including bamboo, non-wood forest products, fire management, carbon storage and water and fauna certification, which is an exciting development from a sustainability point of view,” Mr. Street stated.

Ben Gunneberg commented positively on the fact that CFCC, as now part of the PEFC endorsed family of certification systems, is developing best practice through 30 pilot projects, the lessons of which will be expanded to all forest management units in China, encompassing all three areas of sustainable forest management.

He added that it was encouraging to see that four certification bodies have now been approved and are legally registered, and that only these four now meet all the criteria and requirements of Chinese law concerning forest certification.

July 9, 2014
Report on “PEFC Forum ~ Let’s get connected, from points to lines”

PEFC Asia Promotions held “PEFC Forum ~ Let’s get connected, from points to lines” from13:00 of the 3rd July at Arcadia Ichigaya, Tokyo. “PEFC Forum” was organised as a kick-off event of various forthcoming activities commemorating the 10th anniversary of PEFC Asia Promotions. With participation of about 70 people from 40 PEFC-certified companies the event was a big success.

As indicated by the subtitle, the purpose of this event was to provide PEFC certified companies with opportunity for information exchange and networking with other certified companies to aim at identifying opportunities and challenges that they are facing with and searching solutions for increasing benefits of PEFC-related business through increase of the type and volume of PEFC-certified products and thus strengthening PEFC brand.

Part I of the program started from the opening address by Chairman of PEFC Asia Promotions, to which followed a presentation by Director/Secretary on the value of forest certification and the latest news of PEFC International. This was followed by a presentation given by Mr. Tetsuzo Yaguchi, Senior Forest Advisor of Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association with the title “Unreserved story on ‘Why PEFC now and what hereafter?’ told by senior forest certification auditor”. Next to this, presentations were given by the representatives of the following 5 PEFC-certified companies to report the case of their own PEFC-related business issues such as the motivation, gained benefits, challenges and issues.

<List of the 5 panelist companies>
- Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products Ltd
- Mihagi Kogei Co., Ltd.
- APP Japan Ltd.
- Sezaki Ringyo Co., Ltd.
- ASKL Corporation

Part II of the program consisted of a panel discussion with 5 panelists representing the above-mentioned companies for discussing and sharing experiences with the audience regarding the acquisition of PEFC certification, success stories, challenges to deal with and suggestions for solution.
At the entrance of the venue, samples of PEFC-certified products were displayed by the under-mentioned 11 companies, ranging from everyday necessaries to home and office furniture to add spice to the event.

<List of 11 displayer companies> (alphabetical order)
- Asahi Printing Co., Ltd.: Paper package samples
- ASKL Corporation: Copy paper peoducts
- Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd.: Monthly magazines
- Innosho Forestry Co. Ltd.: Sample of cut wood pillar
- Karimoku Furture Inc: Wooden home furniture
- Maeda Sangyo Co., Ltd.: Wooden tissue paper boxes, wooden trash boxes, etc.
- Mihagi Kogei Co., Ltd.: Various wooden boxes
- Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.: Printing paper samples
- Onawa Ringyo Genboku Co., Ltd.: Miniature wooden pallet
- Smile Corporation: Wooden office furniture
- Toyo Aluminum Ekco Products Ltd: Paper trays for frozen cooked food

To the questionnaire survey conducted during the forum, many opinions and suggestions were given by the attendants and PEFC Asia Promotions will summarize them and report it shortly to the attendants.
PEFC Asia Promotions is currently planning to organise another PEFC event around the end of October and will announce the details in due course.

Jun 3, 2014
Swedish European Spruce and Scots Pine and New Zealand Radiata Pine are now added to eligible species of Wood Use Point Program

Following our report of December 2013 and March 2014 that US Douglas Fir and Austrian Spruce were added to the list of the wood pieces that are eligible for the government’s Wood Use Point Program, Forestry Agency of Japan announced early June that Swedish European Spruce and Scots Pine and New Zealand Radiata Pine have been newly added to the aforementioned eligible species list.
FAJ also announced that the above-mentioned Austrian Spruce will be eligible from 15 June 2014.

Sweden is a country dominated by forests and contains just below 1% of the world’s commercial forest area, but provides 10% of the world´s sawn timber. Forest covers roughly 70% of Sweden, extending over 28 million hectares (ha). Of this area almost 23 million ha are productive forest land.

The standing volume is 3 billion m3 consisting of 40% of Norway spruce, 38% Scots pine, 12% Birch and 7% of other deciduous species. Over the last century the standing volume has increased by 75%.

Over 9.8 million ha owned by more than 20,000 private forest owners are PEFC certified whilst 270 companies (including sub certificates) have a Chain of Custody certificate.

For more details of this news, please refer directly to the under-mentioned FSJ’s website;-
http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/riyou/point/tsuika3.html

May 26, 2014
Friesland Campina Packaging Material Sourced from Sustainably Managed Forests

FrieslandCampina, one of the largest dairy companies in the world, intends to source as much of its fiber-based packaging material as possible from forests that have been certified as sustainably managed from now on.

Friesland Campina contributes in this way to the global promotion of good forest management and safeguards forests for future generations.

o support the implementation of this decision, Royal Friesland Campina and PEFC Netherlands signed PEFC’s sustainable forest management policy statement on 11 April 2014. Friesland Campina will use PEFC, along with similar labels, as evidence of responsible and sustainable sourcing.

This decision on packaging procurement is part of the Friesland Campina commitment to ensure that its agricultural commodities are responsibly sourced and is designed to promote sustainable forest management worldwide. From now on, Friesland Campina’s packaging will bear either the PEFC or FSC label to provide customers with assurances of responsible sourcing.

Friesland Campina have used the FSC label on beverage packaging for the Western European market since 2011 and, since 2013, Friesland Campina has purchased only FSC or PEFC certified cardboard packaging for the Western European market. This policy will now be extended worldwide.

May 1, 2014
UPM Prepares its own PEFC Certification Group

UPM is expanding its certification services in Finland and is preparing an application of its own PEFC group certificate in 2014. This gives UPM's forest owner customers a new opportunity to achieve a certificate for sustainable forestry as a member of UPM's certification group.

“For forest owners, joining UPM's PEFC certification group is easy, safe, cost-efficient and risk-free,” says Eija Kuusisto, Manager, Key Customer Relations at UPM. “The administrative procedures related to the certification are managed by UPM on behalf of the forest owners. Members of the certification group will be informed of changes regarding the certification, and they can rest assured that forestry practices and harvesting are done according to PEFC requirements.”

“The requirements of our end product customers, concerning the source of the wood, are continuously becoming more demanding. Therefore, it is important for us to be able to provide our customers with products made from certified wood,” says Pekka Rajala, Director Stakeholder Relations, North Europe Forest Issues at UPM. “We aim to increase the use of certified wood in our end products and to promote and use all reliable forest certification schemes.”

“By applying our own PEFC certification group we aim to emphasize the importance of forest certification and to increase the appreciation and use of PEFC through our own actions”, Pekka Rajala continues. “It is important that PEFC certification is an essential part of Finnish forestry also in the future.”

”The PEFC certification scheme has been widely used in Finland for over 15 years, and almost 95% of our current managed forests are PEFC certified. UPM has been involved in the PEFC scheme from the beginning and is familiar with its requirements. Therefore, the threshold for implementing UPM's own group certification is low,” says Eija Kuusisto.

UPM monitors the origin of all the wood it acquires. The amount of certified fiber used in UPM's products was 80% globally in 2013, whereas in Finnish mills the figure was 83%. All of UPM's forests are certified. In Finland, all of them are PEFC certified and approximately half of them FSC certified. In Minnesota, USA, all the forests are SFI certified, and in the United Kingdom and Uruguay the forests are both FSC and PEFC certified.

Apr 7, 2014
Coalition Government Welcomes Endorsement of Chinese Forest Certification System!

The Coalition Government welcomes news the Chinese Forest Certification Scheme has been endorsed by the world’s largest forest sustainability certification system, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said PEFC also endorses the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, including the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS), which certifies a significant amount of production forest area in Australia. Internationally, PEFC has endorsed 37 national forest certification schemes and another eight countries are in the process of applying for endorsement. “PEFC is one of the world’s foremost programs for endorsement of national forest certification schemes and is leading to increased opportunities for Australian forest products in international markets,” said Senator Colbeck..

“It is very encouraging that China is promoting long-term sustainable forest management by voluntarily seeking endorsement by PEFC for its national forest certification scheme.” “China’s dominant market position means that demand for AFS (PEFC) certified forest products will only increase and places Australia well in accessing global markets.”

“Australian exporters of AFS certified forest products can have confidence that China, one of the world’s biggest timber markets, recognises the authenticity of the global PEFC certification system,” he said. “The Australian Forestry Standard has been endorsed by PEFC since 2004 and AFS certified products are recognised in the international market place,” he said. Senator Colbeck said there was a potential for increased demand of AFS certified products due to China’s recognition under the PEFC system.
Senator Colbeck said Australia’s forest industry is among the best managed and most sustainable in the world.

Mar 31, 2014
Belgium Reaches Sustainable Wood Target Six Years Early!

Over 40% of wood-based products on the Belgian market are from sustainably managed forests, according to a 2012 market study by Dutch foundation Probos.
In 2011, a multi-sector agreement was signed by several federal organizations to increase the market share of certified wood products to at least 35% by the end of 2018. However, just one year later the market share of wood-based products originating from sustainably managed forests had already reached 40.5%.

“We are delighted to see such an increase in the availability of certified wood-based products on the Belgian market – from a 15% share in 2008 to over 40% in 2012, six years ahead of schedule,” said Thomas Davreux, General Secretary of PEFC Belgium, which also provided support during the market study.

To qualify as coming from a sustainably managed forest, wood-based products must be accompanied by a Chain of Custody certificate accepted by the Belgian federal authorities, such as the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
PEFC Chain of Custody tracks certified material from the forests, all the way through the supply chain, until the final product, providing the consumer with the assurance that their product originated in a forest that has been managed according to PEFC’s exacting Sustainability Benchmarks.

The goal of the 2011 agreement was not only to increase the share of certified wood products on the Belgian market but also to increase the awareness of the general public to the importance of sustainable forest management. Despite meeting their goal several years early, the timber federations plan to continue their work to further increase the share of these products on the market.

Mar 6, 2014
China’s National Forest Certification System Achieves PEFC Endorsement!

“The endorsement of the China Forest Certification Scheme by PEFC represents a significant milestone for safeguarding global forests given the importance of the country in the forest products value chain and its substantial forest area,” commented Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

“China is not only the world’s largest manufacturer of forest products, but also among the five countries with the largest forest area in the world,” emphasized Mr. Gunneberg. “We understand that China is interested in actively promoting both forest management and Chain of Custody certification to ensure the long-term sustainability of its forest sector, especially considering the millions of people it employs and the natural resources it relies on.”

China currently has the highest afforestation rate of any country in the world, increasing its forest cover from 12% thirty years ago to more than 21% in 2013. The country is continuing to implement policy measures to increase the quality and quantity of its forests and aims to bring forest coverage to 23%, or 223 million hectares, by 2020.

“We are proud to be endorsed and part of PEFC, the world’s leading forest certification system,” said Mr. Wang Wei, Chairman of the Chinese Forest Certification Council (CFCC). “PEFC represents best practice in forest management and is unique in considering the needs of the specific forest ecosystems present in a particular country, the legal and administrative frameworks, and the socio-cultural context, which is important for China.”

“This endorsement by PEFC does not only have the potential to substantially increase the demand for, as well as the supply of, PEFC-certified material, but we hope that it will also inspire other countries in the region supplying China to follow our example and promote sustainable forest management through PEFC certification,” emphasized Mr. Wang.

China is the second Asian country after Malaysia to successfully achieve PEFC endorsement for a national certification system, and the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) submitted its scheme for PEFC assessment in November 2013. A range of other countries in the region, including India, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea and the Thailand are advancing in national system development and exploring options for eventual international recognition by PEFC.

There are already about 2 million hectares of forests in China CFCS-certified, and more than 200 professionals have participated in the CFCC auditor training over the past years to be able to respond to the expected increase in demand for certification services following the endorsement by PEFC.

The relevant PEFC News is available below. (English)

http://www.pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/1459-china-s-national-forest-certification-system-achieves-pefc-endorsement

Jan 31, 2014
The Sweet Side of Sustainability: “Eurochocolate” Meets Sustainable Forest Management

While enjoying the huge variety of chocolate on show, visitors to the 20th Eurochocolate, an International Chocolate Exhibition held in Perugia, Italy, could clean their hands with PEFC certified paper napkins. This ten day event dedicated to 900,000 chocolate lovers took sustainability to heart, with the celebratory 20th edition called ‘Evergreen: The Sweetness of Being Sustainable’.

The paper napkins visitors found on the shelves of all the stands were made from PEFC certified pulp. Lined up end to end, these napkins would reach from the center of Perugia to that of Assisi and back again – a distance of fifty kilometers. In figures, 468,000 napkins, each with the logos of the three protagonists: PEFC, Eurochocolate and BulkySoft (the brand name of the Gruppo Carrara paper mill), with a total weight of about 633 kilograms.

Furthermore, thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding between by Eurochocolate and PEFC Italy, a Green Procurement Policy was adopted and all the printed material used throughout this festival, including posters, brochures, programs, flyers and paper bags, was made from PEFC certified paper.

"This agreement not only helps to reduce the environmental impact of one of the most anticipated events for gourmands from all over Italy, but it also sends a crucial message to the consumers and producers of our paper industry," said Antonio Brunori, Secretary General of PEFC Italy. "It increases the awareness of citizens to the fact that it is possible to combine development and protection of Italian forest resources. It allows the forestry industry to take a step forward on the path of sustainability."

“The reason is simple - it's all a matter of supply and demand,” continued Mr. Brunori. “In the end, when the demand for certified paper increases, paper companies must adapt or they risk losing out in a lucrative market. And consequently, pulp producers and managers of forests must also adapt. This closes a virtuous circle that could make one of the most relevant industries to the future of the country more clean and competitive.”

Moreover, the paper napkin dispensers, created by Gruppo Carrara di Lucca, adopted an innovative delivery system that reduced paper waste by 40%. These savings led to a lower consumption of cellulose fibers and, thanks to the commitments of a PEFC certified paper mill, six trees will be replanted in PEFC certified forests.

Jan 8, 2014
Forestry Agency’s Wood-use Point Program Recognises American Douglas Fir as Eligible

On 24th December 2013 Forestry Agency of Japan (FAJ) announced that Douglas Fir produced in the USA is added to the list of the tree species eligible to its Wood-use Points Program. FAJ made the decision based upon its recognition that the resource volume of this species is on the increase in the country of origin and that the use of this species contributes to the economic development of the user’s local community.
As the eligible local species have been limited practically only to some selected Japanese domestic species under this program, this action expands the possibility into other imported woods. Last year PEFC submitted a letter of solicitation to FAJ and other related organisations asking for their acceptance of PEFC-certified imported woods, and welcomes this FAJ’s decision.
In the USA, PEFC-endorsed forest certification systems such as SFI and ATFS are widely spread and it is quite probable that the woods your company deals are certified to either one of such systems.
For more details of the program, please refer to the under-mentioned website and contact directly to Wood-use Points Program Office.
http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/riyou/point/tsuika1.html

With regard to the woods from other countries such as Canada and Europe which have reportedly submitted the similar solicitation to FAJ, no decision has been made to-date.

Jan 6, 2014
Following London, 2012, Certified Wood and Paper Shall be Used for Rio 2016

According to National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO), the Sustainability Management Plan of Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games (page 96) defines "All timber used in permanent or temporary constructions for Rio 2016™ must come from legal and responsible sources. Both forest management and chain of custody shall be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (INMETRO/CERFLOR) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) system."

* CERFLOR is PEFC-endorsed Brazilian national forest certification system.

Dec 3, 2013
Q&A on Webinars on Revised PEFC COC Standard

Japanese translation of "Q&A on Revised PEFC COC Standard" is now available for supporting the Japanese COC certificate holders in their transition to the revised COC. This is a document which presents all the answers to the questions asked during the series of COC webinars provided by PEFC in June 2013.

改正PEFC-COC規格に関するQ&A(Q&A on Webinars on Revised PEFC COC Standard)

Nov 26, 2013
PEFC Week Report

PEFC Week, organized by PEFC International, was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for four days starting from 13 November with participation of over 300 global stakeholders who have interest in the sustainable management of the region’s forests. PEFC Week consisted of Part 1: 18th PEFC General Assembly and Part 2: PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue. Throughout the event, active discussions and information exchanges developed addressing themes such as importance and necessity of promoting sustainable forest management in the Asian but especially that of tropical forests, its approaches and methodology, expectation for the PEFC ‘s role and its diffusion and the latest information on the move of establishing national forest certification schemes in the Asian countries.
<18th PEFC General Assembly>
This Asia-based PEFC General Assembly was characterized by a series of introductory presentations made by the representatives from Asian counties such as Chinese Forest Certification Council which reported that the process of its acquisition of PEFC Endorsement was near to the conclusion, Indonesian Forest Certification Cooperation which had just submitted an application for PFFC Endorsement, Sustainable Green Eco-system Council which is the Japanese scheme and had just expressed its intent of joining PEFC International. In addition to it, the representatives from India, Turkey, Philippines, Myanmar and Republic of Congo reported on the current moves of establishing national forest certification scheme in each country.
There was a strong impression that the evident likeliness of CFCC’s acquisition of PEFC endorsement in the near future is fueling the moves of establishing national schemes with the purpose of acquiring PEFC membership and endorsement in Asian countries which have huge volume of forest-based products with China.
<PEFC Stakehoplder Dialogue>
The welcome addresses by PEFC Chairman and MTCC Chairman opened Part 2 of the Dialogue, to which the welcome and congratulatory address by Minister of Plantations and Commodities of Malaysia followed. Minister emphasised in his presentation the importance and necessity of promoting sustainable management of tropical forests and whilst referring to the role played by and contribution made by Malaysia in this area. In the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue sessions, participants representing various interests were divided into several groups under specific themes of their choice for detailed discussions.

PEFC WEEK Report is available below.
PEFC WEEK Report (Japanese)

Nov 26, 2013
Revised PEFC CoC Seminar

With the lecturer from PEFC Council, PEFC Asia Promotions will hold PEFC-COC Seminar for providing explanation on the pricipal changes from the old standard and the interpretation of the revised COC Standards.

The details of the seminar are as follows;

Date and Time: 17th December (Tue) 10:00am -12:00am
Venue: Sokuryonenkinkaikan Medium Conference Rm 11-1 Yamabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo (03-3235-7211)
Edogawabashi Station on Yurakucho Line, Kagurazaka Station on Tozai Line
Seminar Fee:2,000 Yen
* Lecture will be given in English with Japanese interpretation
Please submit application for attendance to PEFC Asia Promotions with name, title and company title.

Oct 30, 2013
Cooperatives Meet to Discuss the Potential for PEFC in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam

“Trees can sustain livelihoods and provide families with a secure income, but being trapped in a circle of poverty means that people are forced to make decisions based on short-term needs rather than longer term prosperity,” said Mr. Ngo Viet Quyt in relation to the short cutting cycle often employed by forest owners throughout Vietnam.

While short cutting cycles may contribute to household income, consideration to forest product optimization and sustainability requirements can increase the social, environmental and economic benefits derived from forest resources.

As Director of the Thua Thien Hue Cooperative Alliance (HCA), an alliance of over 200 cooperatives scattered throughout the Thua Thien Hue province in Vietnam, Mr. Quyt’s comments concluded the workshop held in Hue, Vietnam on 9 September which introduced PEFC certification to representatives from HCA, the provincial Department of Forestry, cooperatives, private companies and NGOs.

“If we can share the vision with our members and show them the way towards sustainable forest management, we can help them find a way to capture the real value of their trees,” Mr. Quyt continued. “We must not forget our main objective: increase the living standard of our members by increasing their long-term profit from forestry.”

The workshop was one activity within the ongoing twinning support program between Finnish forest owners and cooperative alliances in Vietnam. The program seeks to share experiences between small forest owners from drastically different parts of the world. Drawing on the Finnish experiences, the program supports the strengthening of forest owner organizations – cooperative alliances (operating at the provincial level) and individual cooperatives (operating at the local commune level). Moreover, the project is aiming to increase the capacity of cooperatives and smallholders to implement sustainable forest practices and build stronger business models around their forest resources.

“Despite the many differences between forests in Finland and Vietnam, as forest owners we actually have a lot in common,” commented Rauno Karpinnen, forest expert and Finland’s representative to the project. “We want to know where to get seedlings, how to best plant them, and when to harvest them to ensure the best value for our resources. In Finland PEFC is the solution for affordable forest certification for smallholders.”

Following on from the introduction and discussions around PEFC certification amongst stakeholders in Thua Thien Hue Province, project partners will continue working together to design a certification approach that could deliver more cost-effective solutions to what is currently available in Vietnam.

“Forest certification should help people gain more value and benefits from their forest resources – not take it away,” stated Sarah Price, PEFC’s Head of Projects and Development, commenting on PEFC involvement in the project and PEFC pilot testing. “By cooperating on this pilot project, we hope to inject some new ideas and approaches into how certification can be affordable and profitable for companies and family forest owners alike, while safeguarding the environmental benefits that forests provide. Clearly, forest resources have the potential to lift people out of poverty in Vietnam and it is our imperative to make certification an opportunity and not a market barrier.”

To discuss how you can get involved in this project or other PEFC International development projects, contact development@pefc.org.
New supporters and partners are always welcome.

Sep 19, 2013
First Forests Become PEFC Certified in Slovenia

The Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia (CAFS) has become the first organization in the country to be awarded with a PEFC sustainable forest management certificate. With CAFS the regional representative of forest owners in the area, this new certificate means 320 forest owners and almost 10,000 hectares of forest are now managed in accordance with PEFC’s internationally accepted Sustainability Benchmarks

The certificate was presented to CAFS at an award ceremony held as part of the International Fair of Agriculture and Food (AGRA) in August. During the ceremony, Cvetko Zupančič, the President of CAFS, spoke of the hard work taken to achieve certification ever since the Institute for Forest Certification was created in 2004 with the aim of introducing PEFC certification into Slovenia.

"This is an important moment for the Slovenian farmers and forest owners managing small forest estates,” said Mr Zupančič. “The PEFC system enables small forest owners to achieve certification, as group certification allows them to share the cost of becoming certified. This is an important step towards improving the functioning of the forest-wood chain, since it lays the foundation of monitoring the traceability of wood and better marketing.”

Also present at the award ceremony were Tanja Strniša, State Secretary for Agriculture, Doroteja Ozimič, Director of the certification body KON-CERT and Mihael Koprivnikar, Director of the Institute for Forest Certification in Slovenia. Ljudmila Pavlič and Marko Suhodolnik, two private forest owners who participated in pilot project for individual certification, were also presented with their certificates.

Certification builds on the centuries-old knowledge that the land was only given to us so we can manage and look after it for our grandchildren,” said Mr Suhodolnik. “I want to encourage private forest owners to join forest certification.”

Sep 10, 2013 (New Zealand News Again!)
The Drive Towards Forest Certification in New Zealand

“International customers are increasingly demanding wood to be sourced sustainably,” said Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC, during a recent interview with Radio New Zealand’s Morning Rural News. “Not only are a growing number of countries demanding verification that timber has been sourced legally, but international companies are also playing a big role in the push for sustainability

One of these main drivers for certification is the Consumer Goods Forum, a body representing over 400 companies collectively worth around $US3 trillion, including the likes of Proctor and Gamble, Unilever and McDonald’s. Together these companies make up 4% of global GDP and they’re advocating for legality as well as sustainability throughout their supply chains.

Responding to this increasing demand, Standards New Zealand has begun consulting on a draft voluntary standard for sustainable forest management. Based on the standard used in Australia, the New Zealand standard would certify both the legality of the timber and that it was produced in a sustainable way.

During his recent trip to New Zealand Mr. Gunneberg spoke to the National Business Review highlighting how crucial it is to the local timber industry that the New Zealand standard is adopted. “The big interest to have a New Zealand standard is to provide assurances to those key important markets that legality elements have been assessed as well as sustainability,” he continued.

With forests making up 3% of New Zealand’s GDP and about 17,000 employees and their families dependent on this sector, forestry plays an important role within the country. But without certification, timber suppliers are vulnerable to claims of illegally sourced wood and New Zealand-made timber could be blocked from foreign markets in the future.

“This is where certification systems such as PEFC can ensure that anybody exporting materials from New Zealand, or importing them to those companies in New Zealand, can provide evidence that they are only being sourced from sustainably managed forests,” concluded Mr. Gunneberg.

Aug 6, 2013
New Zealand considers adoption of Australian Standard® for forest management

According to the newsletter issued by the Australian Forestry Standard in August 2013, Standards New Zealand has formed a technical committee to consider adoption of the Australian Standard® for forest management (AS4708) as a New Zealand Standard.

If the committee ultimately supports the proposal and AS4708 is adopted as a New Zealand Standard, forest managers will be able to seek certification against the Standard by an independent certification body accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). Standards New Zealand has procedures for the development, review and adoption of Standards which are similar to those of Standards Australia and Australian Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) such as Australian Forestry Standard Limited..

These procedures require public consultation and committee consensus. If the Australian Standard for forest management (AS4708) is adopted in New Zealand Australian Forestry Standard Ltd has undertaken to work with stakeholders in New Zealand to evaluate the potential expansion of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme and PEFC endorsement to cover New Zealand.

Jul 12, 2013
PEFC and FSC Joint Statement on Proposed New ISO Work Item

FSC and PEFC, the two organisations together accounting for some 98% of the world's certified forests and chain of custody certificates, called upon members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to not support a proposal for an ISO standard to be developed for certified forest products as it stands

ISO members have until the end of August to vote on such a proposal. In a joint statement to the ISO members, PEFC and FSC express their "sustained opposition" to the proposal.
FSC and PEFC state that they "strongly believe that an ISO chain of custody standard would not add value to global efforts to promote sustainable forest management through forest certification...... The fundamental principles of PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification are closely aligned, allowing companies to obtain dual certification to both FSC and PEFC in an efficient and straightforward manner at minimal additional costs.... Dividing the supply and production chains results in sub optimal results".

This joint statement is available by either clicking the under-mentioned document name or on PEFC Statement page of this website.

Japanese: FSCおよびPEFCによる共同声明書 ― ISO加盟メンバーに対し、林産品のCOC要求事項に関する新業務項目提案への反対投票を提言
English: PEFC and FSC Joint Statement on Proposed New ISO Work Item

Jul 19, 2013
PEFC the Preferred Choice for Certified Timber in the Netherlands

Almost two thirds of all certified timber on the Dutch market originates from PEFC certified forests, making PEFC the most popular forest certification scheme in the Netherlands. According to a Probos study, in 2011 over 2.4 million cubic meters of PEFC certified wood was brought onto the Dutch market; enough timber to fill nearly 1000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

The study showed increasing consumption of certified wood in the Netherlands; by 2011 nearly two-thirds of the wood on the Dutch timber market was from a demonstrably sustainable origin. The overall market share of PEFC certified wood has also seen a significant increase, almost doubling between 2008 and 2011.

This increase is due in part to the Dutch government’s Biodiversity Program which set the target for timber with a demonstrably sustainable origin to make up 50% of the Dutch timber market by 2011.

The Probos study was carried out to determine if this target had been reached, and with 65.7% of timber on the Dutch market certified as originating from sustainably managed forests, they found that this target had not only been achieved, but exceeded.

This success is the result of the combined efforts of the Dutch government and the timber sector, with special mention to the companies who chose to purchase sustainably produced products before there was any demand from the market.

However, despite this achievement, progress must continue. The Dutch market share of sustainably produced sawn softwood increased to 85.9%, but the share of sawn tropical hardwood and temperate sawn hardwood was only 39% and 22.8%, respectively. Work remains to reach the ultimate goal of 100% market share of certified sustainably produced timber and timber products in the Netherlands.

Jul 12, 2013
PEFC and FSC Joint Statement on Proposed New ISO Work Item

FSC and PEFC, the two organisations together accounting for some 98% of the world's certified forests and chain of custody certificates, called upon members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to not support a proposal for an ISO standard to be developed for certified forest products as it stands

ISO members have until the end of August to vote on such a proposal. In a joint statement to the ISO members, PEFC and FSC express their "sustained opposition" to the proposal.
FSC and PEFC state that they "strongly believe that an ISO chain of custody standard would not add value to global efforts to promote sustainable forest management through forest certification...... The fundamental principles of PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification are closely aligned, allowing companies to obtain dual certification to both FSC and PEFC in an efficient and straightforward manner at minimal additional costs.... Dividing the supply and production chains results in sub optimal results".

This joint statement is available by either clicking the under-mentioned document name or on PEFC Statement page of this website.

Japanese: FSCおよびPEFCによる共同声明書 ― ISO加盟メンバーに対し、林産品のCOC要求事項に関する新業務項目提案への反対投票を提言
English: PEFC and FSC Joint Statement on Proposed New ISO Work Item

Jun 21, 2013
Announcement on PEFC Seminar-in Osaka 2013

PEFC Asia Promotions will hold PEFC Seminar in Osaka 2013 with the cooperation from Chuetsu Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd. This event was organized in response to the demands from stakeholders that such seminars should be held also in other cities than Tokyo. The main theme of the seminar is the basic elements of forest certification and PEFC. Presentations by two stakeholder companies are planned, too.
We encourage and welcome attendance from those companies and individuals who are interested in learning more about forest certification and PEFC.

Theme: Basic Elements and Latest Information on PEFC
Presentations by Sekisui House Co., Ltd, and Imura Envelope Co., Inc.
Date: 19th July 2013
Time: 14:00 – 16:45
Venue: Osaka Kaikan E-Hall
4-1-52 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 06- 6261-9351 http://www.0-kaikan.com/access.html
Fee: Free of Charge

For details and application, please contact PEFC Asia Promotions by e-mail. (info@pefcasia.org)

Apr 26, 2013
Meeting EUTR Requirements through PEFC COC Certification

As already reported to PEFC stakeholders, EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into effect from 3 March 2013. PEFC has been engaged in developing new COC Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013) by adding small but smart changes to the current standard for facilitating PEFC-COC certificate holders and stakeholders, who will be affected by the Regulation, in meeting the related requirements. The development of the new standard is now at the final stage and will be ready for introduction in May.

In this respect, preceding the presentation of the new COC standard PEFC International has issued “Meeting EUTR Requirements through PEFC COC Certification” which could be used as COC certificate holders’ guidance for easy adaptation to EUTR.

This document and its Japanese translation are available either by clicking the document below or accessing to the PEFC Statement Page of this webpage.

Japanese: 「PEFC-COC認証でEUTR(欧州連合木材規制)の要求事故に対応を!」
English: 「Meeting EUTR Requirements through PEFC-COV Certification」

Apr 19, 2013
PEFC Introductory Seminars in Your City ?

PEFC Asia Promotions has been holding PEFC Introductory Seminar on bi-monthly basis sstarting from last year for both certified and non-certified companies/organisations. However, due to the limited financial and human resources, the site was limited to in and around Tokyo.

Meantime, we hear voices from our stakeholders demanding that the seminars be held in other areas, as well. We take it seriously and would like to plan to organise the seminars in other cities as much as possible.
For realizing the plan we will need cooperation from local companies and stakeholders and call for your kind support.

Details of the Plan
1. Areas: Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kansai (around Osaka), Chugoku/Shikoku, Kyushu
2. Time: Around June or July
3. Targeted Audience: 10-20 people (your staff, customers and other related stakeholders)
4. Required Cooperation:
a. Suggestion/preparation on/of appropriate venue
b. Invitation and attraction of attendants
c. Other: preparation of seminar materials, assistance in reception and registration, etc

For the sake of further promotion of PEFC and the benefit of your PEFC-related business, we would much appreciate your kind consideration and offer of support.
Please contact PEFCA Asia Promotions for further details or offer of cooperation. info@pefcasia.org

Mar 28, 2013
PEFC Publishes Results of Complaints Against APP

In response to information provided by Greenpeace indicating potential non-compliances with PEFC International's Chain of custody requirements, PEFC filed formal complaints against APP with SGS South Africa (Pty) Ltd. - Qualifor Programme, the relevant certification body in these cases.

In response to the complaints, SGS commissioned investigations to examine PP's implementation of PEFC Chain of Custody requirements. The investigations confirmed that APP implemented PEFC requirements correctly.

More information on this matter is available on the "PEFC Statements" page of this webpage.

Mar 26, 2013
PEFC-certified Timber is applicable to Forestry Agency’s Timber Use Point Programme

Forestry Agency of Japan plans to introduce Timber Use Point Programme starting from 1st of April 2013. This two-years’ programme aims at making contribution to the improvement and conservation of nation’s forests, prevention of global warming and development of cycle-based society and promoting use of domestic and local timber.
However, it has been confirmed that timber that is certified to a forest certification such as PEFC will be also applicable to the programme.

The programme outline, description of applicable materials/products, procedure of the application for the points, the goods to be swapped and other details are available by either direct inquiry to the Forestry Agency or the under-mentioned website.

Direct inquiry:
Timber Use Point Promotion Office, Wood Product Trade Office, 81-3-6744-2496
Website:
http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/j/riyou/point/index.html

Feb 27, 2013
Stakeholders Show Strong Interest in Forest Certification in China

href="http://zensokuren.or.jp/access.html" target="_blank">The China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) has established a platform to facilitate interaction with and between Chinese stakeholders interested in promoting forest certification.

The CFCC Stakeholder Forum, which was inaugurated recently in Beijing, will meet several times per year to provide information and updates about the continuous development of the China Forest Certification Scheme (CFCS). The Forum is designed as a mechanism to encourage knowledge and information exchange, enhance transparency, foster discussions, and ultimately aims to ensure that forest certification requirements address the unique Chinese conditions and are aligned with local management practices and culture.

The inaugural meeting of the Stakeholder Forum, which was chaired by the Secretary General of CFCC, Ms. Yu Ling, was attended by a wide range of organizations, included NGOs, companies, certification bodies, forest industry associations, researchers as well as government representatives.

CFCC Chairman, Wang Wei, outlined progress, key developments and next steps in the development of the national Chinese forest certification system. Participants welcomed the presentation of two draft standards on Plantation Management and Bamboo Management by Mr. Lu Wenming, who leads the standard setting working group, and offered a number of suggestions and potential improvements, which will be considered by the working group in due course. Technical discussions also focussed on the impact of PEFC International's 2013 Chain of Custody standard on its Chinese equivalent.

In an open exchange, stakeholder representatives shared their views on various issues and brought forward comments and suggestions concerning the future of forest certification in China. In his concluding remarks, Mr. Wang Wei expressed his desire for future CFCC Stakeholder Forum meetings to be conducted in a similar cooperative spirit and for the vitality and enthusiasm that participants have shown to be sustained.

In an open exchange, stakeholder representatives shared their views on various issues and brought forward comments and suggestions concerning the future of forest certification in China. In his concluding remarks, Mr. Wang Wei expressed his desire for future CFCC Stakeholder Forum meetings to be conducted in a similar cooperative spirit and for the vitality and enthusiasm that participants have shown to be sustained.

CFCC joined PEFC International in 2011, and submitted the China Forest Certification Scheme for PEFC endorsement and mutual recognition in 2012. The endorsement process is ongoing.

Participants of the CFCC Stakeholder Forum Meeting included representatives from
• MeadWestvaco China
• Bayer Crop Science China Co.,Ltd
• UPM China
• Stora Enso Guangxi Forestry Co., Ltd
• APP China
• Bureau Veritas China
• SGS-CSTC
• Beijing ZhonglinTianhe Forest Certification Center
• Heilongjiang Forestry Industry Group
• Jilin Forestry Industry Group
• Inner Mongolia Forestry Industry Group
• WWF China Office
• The Nature Conservancy (TNC) China Office
• International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) China Office
• China Wildlife Conservation Association
• Team of Green Field Ark, Beijing Green Cross Center of Ecological Cultural Communications
• PEFC China Initiative
• European Forest Institute FLEGT Asia Program
• China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association
• Anti-counterfeiting Packaging Committee of China Packaging Federation
• Chinese Academy of Forestry
• Beijing Forestry University
• Hebei Agricultural University • Forest Survey and Planning Design Institute, State Forestry Administration
• Division of Certification Management, Science and Technology Development Centre of State Forestry Administration, China
• China Forest Certification Council (CFCC)

Feb 12, 2013
Forests Win with PEFC at 2013 Nordic Ski World Championships

From the 2012 London Summer Olympics to the 2013 Fiemme Nordic Ski World Championships to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: The sports world is becoming increasingly conscious of its potential contribution to sustainable forest management, with wood-based materials at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championship originating from PEFC-certified forests.

With Nordic sports taking place in and around forests, the move to promote sustainable forestry is a natural one for the organizers of the 2013 Championships, which will be taking place in Val di Fiemme, the Fiemme Valley, in the Trentino region in Northern Italy. In fact, PEFC-certified forests will provide the backdrop for the 2013 Championship events, making the link between the sports and responsible forestry ever more obvious.

"The Nordic World Ski Championships are an excellent opportunity to inform the public about the benefits of sustainable forestry and highlight the importance of forest certification. Millions of people will be able to see – on TV and live at the events - the beauty of the PEFC-certified spruce forests of Val Di Fiemme, and they will be able to contribute to safeguarding them by looking for the PEFC logo next time they buy wood-based products," said Francesco Dellagiacoma, Vice President of PEFC Italy. "We therefore commend the organizers of the 2013 Nordic World Ski Chamionships in Val di Fiemme for committing to procuring certified, sustainably sourced material, including brochures, posters, stationary, tissue as well as toilet paper.

Fiemme 2013, as the event is coined, will be taking place from 20 February to 3 March at various locations in Val di Fiemme and includes cross country skiing, ski jumping, and Nordic combined. A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the President of the Fiemme 2013 Organising Committee, Peter Degodenz, and the Chairman of PEFC Italy, Pier Luigi Ferrari, further specifies the use of local materials and companies to minimize carbon emissions and in support of the economy of the Trentino region. To this end, PEFC Italy will calculate the CO2 savings made possible thanks to the use of locally-sourced, certified material.

Prominent wooden structures, including sports facilities and the awards stage where athletes will receive their medals are made of wood from local PEFC-certified forests and are in the process of obtaining PEFC Project Chain of custody certification. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic will follow the examples set by the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships and specify certification for wood-based materials.

Jan 21, 2013
Japanese Translation of EUTR Requirements

PEFC is currently working on a minor revision of the COC standard in order to facilitate PEFC COC holders to meet the EUTR requirements, which will be enforced from coming March. For facilitating Japanese PEFC COC holders and other companies related to this matter to understand the requirements better, PEFC Asia Promotions has prepared a Japanese translation of the document which provides the details of the requirements and available in the UK government webpage.
Please note that the document is an extraction from the UK government (CPET) webpage and should be used only as a referential material and that PEFC Asia Promotions does not take responsibility for the content and the translation. The URL of the relative webpage is the following;
http://www.cpet.org.uk/eutr.

「欧州連合木材規制要求事項」(EUTR Requirements)

Jan 7, 2013
Chinese Forest Management System Open for Public Consultation


“We identified PEFC as our partner of choice for international recognition after careful consideration of available options,” said Wang Wei, CFCC Chairman. “The PEFC standard represents best practice in forest management, is based on the latest scientific findings, and respects national sovereignty. PEFC is unique in considering the needs of the specific forest ecosystems present in a particular country, the legal and administrative frameworks, and the socio-cultural context, which is important for China. ”

“PEFC is the only global forest certification system that verifies the compliance of national forest certification systems with PEFC’s globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks through independent assessments,” emphasized Mr Wang. “It is this combination of consideration of local circumstances on the one hand and national ownership on the other hand, coupled with rigour in implementation, which makes PEFC attractive to us.”

PEFC rules stipulate that national forest certification systems that want to be recognized by PEFC must comply with its Sustainability Benchmarks, a suite of requirements for a range of issues related to forest certification, from standards development processes and sustainable forest management requirements themselves through to Chain of Custody, logo use and accreditation requirements. Compliance is verified through an independent assessment. The global stakeholder consultation is an important part of the assessment, enabling all interested parties to provide insights and information on the system’s compliance with PEFC requirements.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments using PEFC's Online Consultation Tool by 19 February 2013.

The toolkit is available at PEFC Council's website. (http://consultations.pefc.org/consult.ti/CFCSassessment/consultationHome

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