This Stakeholder Dialogue provided an ideal opportunity for over one hundred and thirtystakeholders to participate in person to learn about and exchange views on forest certification inthe Asia-Pacific region and to share with us their opinions and suggestions on critical issuesconcerning the PEFC Standards revision process, including amongst others:
how to ensure balanced stakeholder representation and participation in developingnational standards,
how to deal with the concept of group certification, including meeting the requirements forparticipation covering size and type of forest area (natural forest or forest plantation) andforest ownership (state-owned or privately-owned),
structure of PEFC requirements for sustainable forest management,
ensuring basic labour, health and safety standards in all forestry operations, as well as
how to deal with the issue of forest conversion.Our continuing success in delivering certified sustainable forest management globally dependsupon stakeholder participation, and the resultant requirements will apply to over two thirds of the
world‟s certified forest area.
The Dialogue concluded with a field visit to a PEFC/MTCS certified forest, and this enabledparticipants to appreciate the results of certified sustainable forest management in practice.The next Stakeholder Dialogue will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 10 November and welook forward to welcoming you there.Yours sincerely,Ben Gunneberg Chew Lye TengSecretary General Chief Executive OfficerPEFC International Malaysian Timber Certification Council