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PEFC Newsletter 09 December 2001

PEFC Newsletter 09 December 2001

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The PEFCC Newsletter
is produced by the PEFC Council
Registered as an asbl in Luxembourg No. 1999-61-02192)
17 Rue des Girondins, L-1626 Hollerich, Luxembourg Tel: +352 26 25 90 59 E-Mail: pefc@pt.lu Web Page: www.pefc.org
First Two years
This newsletter is produced at the end of the secondyear that PEFC first established its permanent officehere in Luxembourg. Within that time, theindependent certification schemes, which are part of the PEFC mutual recognition umbrella havesucceeded in helping us reach targets over and aboveour expectations:
World’s Leading Scheme
Nine schemes, fully and independently assessed toensure they met the strict PEFC requirements forforest certification schemes account for over 41Million hectares making PEFC the world’s leadingforest certification scheme. Three more schemes areundergoing the assessment process and, all goingwell, are expected to be endorsed early next year.The schemes currently undergoing assessment are:
Spanish Certification System for SFM
UK Certification Scheme for SFM
The Belgian Forest Certification Scheme
New applications for membership have beenreceived with the latest one from Estonia - whoseacceptance would bring the membership to 20independent forest certification schemesrepresenting the multiple stakeholders in 19countries around the world.Forest Certification has increased exponentially inthe last few years and major schemes today accountfor over 95 Million hectares. Listed below is agraph showing five of the major certificationschemes in the world.
Certified forests in the world by scheme
Source: PEFC, FSC, SFI, ATFS, CSADec 2001
100 Chain of Custodies and rising
So much for the forests – but what about the chain of custodies that will deliver the wood-based productsfrom these sustainably managed forests to themarket? Well, we’re pleased to announce that asmore and more forest area is being certified, chain of custody certifications have begun to increaseexponentially. Independent certifiers have alreadyissued more than 100 and most of the companiesobtaining them have also applied to be able to usethe PEFC logo.
Another World First
In our efforts to continually improve thetransparency and accountability of PEFC, we areabout to launch the world’s first interactive forestcertification database on the web.
Other Features in this issue
First 100 Chain of Custodies----------------26
General Assembly------------------------2Reports from National Members----------3-5
No. 9 - Dec 2001
PEFC Newsletter
- Promoting Sustainable Forest Management(
For more info: www.pefc.org
This will allow everyone to search for and findinformation on any certificate or logo licencenumber relating to any forest or chain of custodycertification in all of the PEFC endorsed schemes.We’ll provide you with more details on this inJanuary when the database goes on line.This edition also contains reports from elevennational schemes giving you a flavour of theabundant energy and zest for promoting sustainableforest management amongst PEFC members
 Ben Gunneberg,Secretary General 
 More than 100 Chain of CustodyCertificates Already Issued 
The first 100 Chain of Custody Certificates havealready been issued and this number is expected toalmost double in the next few monthsThe summary is as follows:Austria 40Finland 40Germany 15Norway 2Sweden 11Total 108
Summary of Schemes Endorsed by PEFC Council 
The following table provides a list of theschemes endorsed by the PEFC Council as atDecember 2001.
HectaresSchemes Endorsed by PEFCC Certified(millions)
Austrian Forest Certification Scheme 3.05Czech Forest Certification Scheme 0.00Finnish Forest Certification Scheme 21.90French Forest Certification Scheme 0.00*German Forest Certification Scheme 5.30Latvian Forest Certification Scheme 0.00*Norwegian Living Forest Standardsand Certification Scheme 9.1
Swedish Forest Certification Scheme 1.67Swiss Q Label Holz Scheme 0.04
* see national reports.
PEFC GENERAL ASSEMBLYThe next General Assembly of thePEFC Council will be held on 31 May 2001.Further details will be availableto members nearer the time.
 Reports From The PEFC National Governing Bodies
Some of the National Secretaries
(Top Left to right: Antonio Brunori (Italy), Folke Stenstrom (Sweden), Bob Simpson (USA), Stéphane Marchesi (France), Eva Martín (Spain), Jaroslav Tymrák (Czech Republic), Gabriele Herzog (Austria), Ivana Kolinska (Czech Rep.), Bertrand Auquière (Belgium);seated Elisabeth Gill (Norway), Ben Gunneberg (Secretary General),Skaidrite Albertina (Latvia), Auvo Kaivola (Finland).
In this section, each of the PEFC membershas the opportunity to present a brief reporton the current state of play in their country.The views expressed here are the views ofthe members and do not necessarily reflectthe views of the PEFC Council
USA – Sustainable Forestry Initiative
 Standard released 
The Sustainable Forestry Board (SFB) released the2002-2004 Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Standard(SFIS) on Dec. 3. The SFIS is set out in a single,consolidated document (SFI 2002-2004 Edition) that
PEFC Newsletter
- Promoting Sustainable Forest Management(
For more info: www.pefc.org
also includes the SFI
Program Overview, theSFI
Verification / Certification Principles andProcedures (SFI-V/CPP), and the SFI
 Qualification Criteria for Verifiers (SFI-QCV). Therevised documents are much more concise andconsistent and will provide additional clarity to SFIprogram participants and auditors. The revised andrenamed documents are available on the SFB andSFI program websites at: www.aboutsfb.org andwww.aboutsfi.org, respectively.The Meridian Institute project, co-sponsored by TheHome Depot, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), andAF&PA, and facilitated by the Meridian Institute, isnow completed. The project is the culmination of nine months of work on a comparative analysis of theFSC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)programs. The project team involved experts fromFSC and SFI
and other experts mutually agreedupon by all of the sponsors. The panel achievedconsensus on all documents associated with theproject. The results were released publicly on Oct.16, and the full report can be accessed at the websitewww.merid.org/comparison.To date 38.4 million acres (15.5 million hectares)have been third party certified, with another 50million acres in the processes.
 Jason Metnick,Coordinator, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Email: jason_metnick@afandpa.org 
SWITZERLAND – News from Swiss Q Label 
In October 2001, the PEFCCouncil endorsed the Swiss Q Label Holzcertification scheme. The first decision to developand introduce a label for forest and timber productsin Switzerland was taken in 1997. Two independentassessments of the Q Label have been undertakenand both came to the conclusion that the Swiss QLabel certification scheme covers all therequirements of the PEFC-Scheme.
The scheme covers the whole ”forest and timber”chain: from the forest, across the timber processingfirms to the clients.
The scheme is applicable for all sizes of organisations (small / medium / large).
The scheme is based on:a) the strict Swiss forest legislation (which containsall important aspects of the Helsinki conference)and the consequent control by the state forestorganisations.b) the strict environmental legislation inSwitzerland.c) the standards in ISO 14020 and 14024(certification audits by an independent externalcertification organisation);d) accreditation of the certification body by thenational accreditation organisation of Switzerland.
Furthermore, to meet public demands, the systemhas integrated essential elements of ISO 14001(Environmental Management Systems), with theobligation for a continual improvement of theenvironmental performance.
The unit for a certification is the individual firm,the individual ”organisation”, as defined in the ISO14001 standard, clause 3.12.
The certification body is independent from forestand timber organisations. It is financed by the feesfor the certifications. The certification body operatesfollowing the regulations of the EN 45011(European Standard for accreditation of certificationbodies) and is, since march 2001, accredited by thenational accreditation organisation (SAS) forcertifications of wood and timber products.The Q-and PEFC-label indicate, that the certifiedforest and timber product:
has grown in Swiss forests;
is from an organisation with sustainableforest management
is from an organisation, which takes actionsfor continual improvement of theenvironmental performance;
is produced in processes which respect theenvironment.The certificate is valid for a period of five years.Together, the Q- and the PEFC-label are the onlywood and timber product labels in Switzerland,which follow international rules of certification andaccreditation.In long-term view, this will be one of the reasons forits success. At moment (December 2001) 178 forestowners/organisations and wood processing firmshave the right, to use the Q-and PEFC-Logo for theirproducts.
Peter Gresch
Email: pgresch@greschpartner.com 

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