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No 34 – November 2006
PEFC General Assembly 2006
Extracts from the Chairman’s Reporton activities in 2005 / 2006
In last 12 months PEFC hascontinued to expand withmembers in currently 31countries. PEFC’s certifiedarea globally has increasedby almost 65 millionhectares, a growth of morethan 50%, and the numberof PEFC Chain of Custodyholders has increased bymore than a fifth. PEFC israpidly approaching themark of 200 million hectaresof PEFC certified forests,with more than 18,000 PEFClogo users and more than2,800 certified enterprises.
Growing Awareness andcall for PEFC
PEFC continues to be theworld’s largest resource ofcertified wood and more andmore governments haveissued procurement policiesand statements, whichinclude PEFC certifiedproducts. In the past yearalone this has includedBelgium, Japan, Denmark,the United Kingdom and theEU Parliament.ICFPA, the InternationalCouncil of Forest and PaperAssociations has issued aStatement on Sustainabilityand the European ToyManufacturers, called for theuse of PEFC, to name but afew. There is a growingdemand for PEFC certified paper and a greaterawareness of PEFC with TV and newspapercoverage in most countries.PEFC has particularly been praised for its socialcriteria as the example by a German tradeunion’s foundation for sustainability and socialsociety, shows.
Two new PEFC Position Papers have beenpublished, on,
Tribal and Indigenous people,local people, local communities and forest dependent communities
and on a
Phased Approach to Forest Certification
.PEFC published its first Annual Review for 2005,showing PEFC’s global situation and activities.Documentation on the Avoidance of timber fromControversial Sources, the inclusion of ITTO inPEFC and a new option for Non Wood ForestProducts have been developed.
We have received a joint new membershipapplication from two joint timber certificationcouncils in Russia and an application forExtraordinary Membership from ETS, theEuropean Tissue Symposium. (See furtherdetails in this Newsletter)
The National Secretaries meeting in Spainprovided the opportunity for the exchange ofideas, presentations and training. Subjectsincluded financing, fundraising, market access,technical issues and promotions.Chain of Custody seminars with the involvementof the PEFC Council have taken place in Japan,Belgium and the UK further increasing PEFC’spresence and visibility in the market place, andsimilar events were organized at national level inother countries.
Certification systems submitted or undergoingendorsement or re-endorsement during the yearincluded: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia,France, Gabon, Germany, Lithuania, Norway,Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the UK, US/Canada(SFI) and Switzerland being re-instated to theendorsed status.Henri Plauche Gillon, Chairman PEFC Council
PEFC CouncilFounding ChairmanHenri Plauche Gillon
“PEFC Council is rapidly approaching the 200 million hectares mark.During the last 12 months,there has been a tremendous growth of PEFC in certified area and certified businesses as well as a rapidly increasing choice of PEFC by private and governmental users of forest certification.”