The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certiﬁcation (PEFC) is an international non-proﬁt organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. Founded in 1999 by family forest owner associations, PEFC has grown into the world’s largest forest certiﬁcation system accounting for over 250 million hectares of certiﬁed forests in over 30 countries. Forest certiﬁcation is a voluntary, market-focused mechanism, which links products derived from sustainable forest management through to the marketplace. PEFC is an umbrella organization that works by endorsing national forest certiﬁcation systems. Each national forest certiﬁcation system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against PEFC’s unique sustainability benchmarks to ensure consistency with international requirements. PEFC endorsement provides international recognition for your national forest management standard and the sustainable management practices in your forests.Forests provide food, heat, energy, medicine and wood; they promote biodiversity by giving habitats and shelter; they are an integral part of the water and carbon cycles, and have a fundamental role in climate regulation. More than one in ﬁve people worldwide – an estimated two billion people - are believed to depend on forests and the services they provide for their livelihoods, yet forests are among the most vulnerable ecosystems. If forests are to continue to deliver the full range of beneﬁts that people and nature are dependent on, they need to be conserved and managed sustainably. One assurance and enabler of sustainability rests in forest certiﬁcation.Forest management is a long-term process. The results of good practice often only become apparent after decades. PEFC sustainable forest management certiﬁcation provides forest owners and managers with independent recognition of their responsible management practices. With options to communicate sustainability credentials on products derived from certiﬁed forests, environmentally and socially conscious consumers, and responsible businesses and governments can use their purchasing power to support the sustainable management of the world’s forests.
WHY IS SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT IMPORTANT?