Author: Laura Turley
This report covers the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification’s (PEFC) third Forest Certification Week held in Montreux, Switzerland, from December 7–10, 2015, where 130 participants from 50 countries came together to discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) and developments associated with the PEFC system. National governing bodies (NGBs), certification and accreditation bodies, academics and representatives from the timber, pulp and paper industries were represented. The planned revision of PEFC’s international standards in 2016 is timely, as certification will be an important vehicle for realizing—and tracking—progress towards global development priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the international climate agreement reached at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) UN Climate Change Conference.
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