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The Standards Reporter: Report 10 – PEFC

November 24, 2017

Authors: Yolanda Ariadne Collins & Vivek Voora

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This report covers the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification’s (PEFC) Forest Certification Week held in Bali, Indonesia from November 14–18, 2016, where 230 participants from 40 countries came together to discuss progress made on PEFC forest certification efforts and sustainable forest management (SFM). National governing bodies (NGBs), certification and accreditation bodies, nongovernmental organizations, academics and representatives from the timber, pulp and paper and other industries were represented. The PEFC endorses national forest certification systems that have demonstrated compliance with their globally recognized Sustainability Benchmark. National forest management standards must be tailored to country-specific priorities, as defined through a multistakeholder, consensus-driven process. The PEFC Forest Week 2016 was comprised of the general meeting that featured technical updates from heads of units, the general assembly attended by the PEFC body (including the NGBs), and finally the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue that explored the role of forest certification and sustainable supply chains in promoting sustainable landscapes for sustainable livelihoods, the main theme for the week.

The Standards Reporter is an online publication providing journalistic updates on the latest developments in sustainable commodity markets and voluntary sustainability initiatives around the world. For more information on The Standards Reporter and the SSI’s reporting services please contact: Vivek Voora, IISD