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Revision of PEFC'sInternational Chain of Custodyprogresses
PEFC has started the revision of its InternationalChain of Custody, a process that is expected tolast two years. Supported by two global publicconsultations, face-to-face meetings and in-depthinterviews involving a wide range of interestedstakeholders, the working group has identified anumber of issues related to market needs andexpectations. The second phase is about to start,with the intention of completely revising the chainof custody by the end of 2009. PEFC appreciatesall comments received and encourages allinterested stakeholders to engage in thisprocess.Full documentation is available at pefc.org >Public Consultations > PEFC Logo Usage Rules
PEFC celebrates move toGeneva, raises awareness ofSFM
Celebrating its move to Geneva, PEFCInternational recently invited local journalists andstakeholders to a press conference about theimportance of sustainable forest management inthe context of sustainable development.PEFC Secretary General Ben Gunneberg andMike Clark, Chairman of the world's largest forestcertification organisation, talked about "ForestCertification: The importance of sustainableforestry in tackling societal challenges". In theirpresentation, they highlighted that:
globally, forest ecosystems play a key role inaddressing climate change by absorbingcarbon dioxide from the atmosphere andstoring it in growing vegetation and soil.However, deforestation alone currentlyaccounts for 18% of global emissions ofcarbon dioxide
an estimated 1.6 billion people depend onforests for their livelihoods worldwide. Yetevery year, the world loses more than 14.5million hectares of natural forest
an areabigger than the size of Greece
many of the world’s most endanger
ed andexotic animals depend on the forests for theirsurvival
60 million indigenous people depending onforests for their subsistence.Sustainably managed forests contributepositively to tackling societal challenges.
Giventhat only 10 percent of all forests are certified asbeing managed sustainably and the importantrole that forests play, there is a sense of urgencyto fully utilize the possible contribution thatforests can make.Forest certification is the only market-based toolverifying that forests are managed sustainably; inaddition certification is a means to raiseawareness and to intensify and contributepositively the debate.PEFC, which built its benchmark requirements onglobal, democratic, multi-stakeholder andconsensus-driven intergovernmental processesand agreements that enjoy worldwideacceptance, offers an inclusive approach toforest certification that ensures an optimalbalance between environmental, social andeconomic values.