April 2001


PEFCC Newsletter
Consultants appointed to assess Latvian Forest Certification Scheme

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Consultants appointed to assess Latvian Scheme 4 Schemes currently in process of assessment Summary of certified hectares of PEFCC endorsed forest certification schemes Further schemes expected soon PEFC responds to
“PEFC – An Analysis”


Following submission of the Latvian Forest Certification Scheme for assessment against the requirements of the PEFC Council, at the General Assembly in January; tenders have now been received and the Board of Directors have agreed to appoint Jaakko Poyry Consultants to undertake the independent assessment. The scheme is now undergoing a period of public consultation and is available to be viewed on the PEFC web page www.pefc.org. Comments on the scheme should be sent directly to the independent consultants whose contact details are provided with the scheme.

4 Schemes currently undergoing assessment
With the recent submission of the Swiss Q Label forest certification scheme for assessment against the requirements of the PEFC Council, there are now 4 forest schemes currently in the assessment process which involves independent consultants. These are: the French, Czech Republic, Latvian and Swiss schemes; all of which are available for viewing on the PEFC web page www.pefc.org.


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Summary of Certified Hectares of PEFCC Endorsed Forest Certification Schemes
Schemes Endorsed by PEFCC
Austrian Forest Certification Scheme Finnish Forest Certification Scheme German Forest Certification Scheme Norwegian Living Forest Standards and Certification Scheme Swedish Forest Certification Scheme TOTAL
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with the facts.

PEFC participates in seminar in Rome PEFC presented to IFBWW affiliates in Poland 5th General Assembly News from the National Governing Bodies

Hectares Certified (Millions)

0.55 21.90 3.85 7.00 1.33 34.63


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PEFC Responds to “PEFC – An Analysis” with the facts
WWF recently published a discussion paper entitled “PEFC – An Analysis” purporting to have carried out research on the PEFC. After an initial reading of the discussion paper and supporting press release, the PEFC issued two initial responses in order to provide a more balanced view of the “analysis” and to provide the facts behind at least 18 myths that were contained within the Executive Summary alone. The full text of the responses are available on the official PEFC website www.pefc.org In addition, national schemes criticised in the report have or are in the process of producing detailed responses to specific points made in the discussion paper.

4 Further Schemes Expected Soon
It is expected that forest certification schemes from Belgium, Canada, Spain and Portugal will be submitted to the PEFC Council in the next few months. These will then undergo the usual rigorous assessment process by independent consultants, prior to voting by the members of the PEFC Council.

Ben Gunneberg gave a presentation on the current status and experiences of cooperation and efforts towards mutual recognition by independent national schemes involved the PEFC framework. Other speakers represented: producers in developing countries, small forest owners, trade unions, NGOs, Friends of the Earth, FSC, Forestry Commission UK, NTCC Malaysia, LEI, Smartwood and IFIR. Despite demonstrations by Greenpeace outside the venue, participants appreciated the opportunity for open discussions and also to learn more about the existing initiatives on forest certification. Mutual recognition between schemes, or a variation, was seen by many participants as one solution to the problem of proliferation of schemes, while others, like some ENGOs felt that it was not appropriate.

PEFC Presentation to IFBWW
The Jedlnia Forest Training Centre, Poland was the venue for the recent International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW) Affiliate meeting on Forest Certification.
Ben Gunneberg being presented with an IFBWW T-shirt by Jill Bowling

PEFCC Participates in a Seminar On Building Confidence Among Forest Certification Schemes And Their Supporters in Rome
In a follow-up to the mutual recognition initiative started in Brussels in June last year by the PEFCC; FAO, GTZ, and ITTO hosted a seminar in Rome in February to encourage improved dialogue and linkages between organizations that have an interest in forest certification. The aim was to assist the process of understanding by bringing a wide range of stakeholders together to discuss their areas of agreement and of disagreement, in the hope that this would increase the understanding and build confidence between them.

Participants representing unions in Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Croatia amongst others joined in active discussions following presentations by both the PEFC Council and FSC Europe. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was that the unions from these countries supported forest certification and recognised both the PEFC and FSC and that different systems should not present barriers between countries or unions. The unions also voiced their support of Mutual Recognition initiatives between certifications schemes.
Ben Gunneberg with Gemma Boetekees, FSC Europe Director wearing their new IFBWW T-shirts

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PEFC 5th General Assembly
th The 5 General Assembly of the PEFC Council will be held on 19th June in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. PEFC España is organising the event. Invitations and further information will be sent out nearer the time from the PEFC Council.

products industry and social interests. It is expected that by mid 2001 the certification of three more regions will have occured. High interest in Chain of Custody Certification Information events have demonstrated a high level of interest in Chain of Custody certification by the forest products sector. Two seminars held in February and March for the sawmilling sector also showed a high interest from companies to apply for certification. The group model in the Austrian Chain of Custody system provides an efficient and flexible solution for small and medium sized woodworking enterprises. The implementation of group Chain of Custody certification in the sawmilling sector has already commenced and is now focussing on other sectors too.
Stefan Czamutzian

Cultural and forest visits have been organised to show participants the many facets of Galicia. These include a tour of Santiago de Compostela and other Galician coastline towns as well as a forest visit around the area, which accounts for half the timber produced in Spain.

Email: info@pefc.at

BELGIUM Scheme to be Submitted Soon
The Belgium forest certification scheme has now been developed. It will be submitted soon for conformity assessment and (hopefully) endorsement by the PEFCC. A pilot project for the certification of the Walloon Region (500.000 ha) using the Belgian scheme is in its final stages. The working group in charge of the development of the progress plan, in which all the stakeholders were represented, has reached a positive consensus. Moreover, three accredited certification bodies (AIB-Vinçotte International, KPMG and Lloyd's Register of Shipping) have submitted proposals for the certification of the Walloon Region. One of the tasks of the working group was the development of the Charter of commitment to adherence to the scheme mentioned in the February Newsletter. The Charter consists of 6 points that are requirements at regional level, and 13 points, which each individual forest owner or manager commits himself to implement. The most important points of this charter are as follows. At regional level, the commitments relate to the forest policy, with different aims

Reports From The National PEFC Governing Bodies
In this section, each of the PEFC members has the opportunity to present a brief report on the current state of play in their country. The views expressed here are the views of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PEFC Council

Forest certification makes good progress in AUSTRIA
The model of regional certification is of major importance in Austria as more than 210 000 mainly small scale forest owners manage the forests in Austria. Therefore nine naturally homogenous regions have been defined in Austria, one of which is already certified. Regional committees in all the other regions have already started the preparation work for certification. The first step - the preparation of the sustainability reports – is in progress. In these regional committees the broad range of interest groups in forest certification is represented – forestry, ecology, forest

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namely: promoting biodiversity, improving public awareness of forest ecosystems and improving the forest’s quality. At individual level, the requirements are very precise: to respect the legislation, to improve ones knowledge about sustainable forest management, and to implement this knowledge (several topics are listed - for instance the size of felling coups, drainage, etc) in the management of one’s forests. Developing this charter has produced several advantages. First of all, it's a good way to improve communications between foresters and the public- each individual commits himself to do something, and lets it be known. Secondly, this commitment is very clear and precise. Thirdly, it's quite easy for the certification body to make an audit of a signatory of this document and to ask him two things: what did you sign? and how do you apply it in reality?. We have developed a scheme to correspond to either ISO 14001 or EMAS. The performance standards delivered by these vehicles have been developed to meet the Helsinki requirements at the regional level The certification will happen in two steps. Firstly, the auditor will meet the environmental managers from public and private forest owners to see how they implement the sustainable forest management system: management analysis, significant criteria, progress plan, and management objectives. This consists of a document review. Secondly, the auditor will check the implementation of the management objectives in the field. Jean Charles de Viron

including these companies, is maintained by the Finnish Forest Certification Council on their web-page www.ffcs-finland.org. The file “PEFC Logo Licenses – FFCS” includes links to the web-pages of the companies in question. This channel will help the traders and buyers of wood products to gain information on the availability of PEFC-labelled products from Finland. As a tool of communication among the forest owners The PEFC-logo is considered as an important instrument to confirm that forest owners comply with the environmental requirements of the FFCS (Finnish Forest Certific ation System). In March and April 2001 the holders of the 13 regional forest certificates will furnish all the forest owners participating in the regional group certification with their personal document confirming their participation. This means a total of 311,500 documents carrying the PEFC-logo with the PEFC registration number of the forest certificate holders. The forest owners will use the documentation in connection with wood sales as a proof of their participation in the forest certification. For the purposes of the forest industries’ chain-of-custody practices, the participation can be controlled also from the forest certificate holders registers. Single forest owners are also able to make use of the PEFC-logo. Recently the city of Vantaa – the fourth largest Finnish city with its population of 171,000 - situated next to the capital city of Finland was granted a PEFClogo license. The City of Vantaa with its forest area of over 4000 ha is a good example of the Finnish municipals which take part in the regional group certification according to the requirements of the FFCS but which also have their forestry planned in detail for the special purposes of the inhabitants. More info: http://www.vantaa.fi. Auvo Kaivola

Email: Woodnet@skynet.be

The PEFC Logo is Operational in FINLAND
Number of PEFC-logo licences increasing steadily in Finland’s forest industry The importance of the PEFC-logo is most outstanding in connection with the wood products trade. By the end of March 2001, the number of PEFC-logo holders among the Finnish Forest Industry was twenty-four. The increase is significant as, at the end o year f 2000, only six forerunner companies in Finland had the right to use the PEFC-logo on their products. A frequently updated register,

First Logo Licence issued in GERMANY
3,849,746 hectares have been certified according to PEFC Germany (as of March 26, 2001). 700 community forests, 560 private forests and 222 forestry associations with almost 100,000 members are

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participating in PEFC. Working groups in the regions North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony have been established to develop two more PEFC regional forest reports. In regional working groups a vast variety of stakeholders is involved. Besides forest owners and timber industry, representatives of trade unions, universities, ENGOs, hunting and hiking associations, for instance, are members of these bodies. These examples prove that participation, as defined by Agenda 21, is not only realised on a national le vel but on a regional level, too. The first PEFC logo-license in Germany was issued to a branch of the Rettenmeier Holding. The Chain-of-Custody certification had been carried out by the accredited certification body DQS (German Society for the Certification of Management systems) in March 2001. The demand for PEFC Chain of Custody certificates is rapidly increasing. The German associations of sawmills, timber traders and paper industries have provided all their members with detailed information on how to obtain PEFC Chain of Custody certification. The majority of forest enterprises have been confronted with a demand for certified timber. The ratio between FSC and PEFC certified area in Germany is 1:13. As a consequence the exclusive demand for FSC certifie d timber is decreasing as it would effectively mean a ban of native timber from well-managed independently certified German forests. Unfortunately, attacks by some of the opponents of PEFC in Germany are becoming more and more vehement with no attempts to constructively contribute or participate in the PEFC process. Draft internal papers have been obtained and offered to the public, contracts with knowingly false data have been signed by supporters of opponents in an attempt to discredit the scheme and biased opinions are declared as scientific papers. Fortunately, the safety mechanisms to assure the stability of the German PEFC system are working well and all attempts to discredit it have failed. Dirk Teegelbekkers

January and the assessment procedures have started with the consultation period now underway. We have also begun all the necessary actions, connected with preassessment. KS MAA (forest owners association) – the leading organisation promoting forest certification of private woodlands and the initiator of the PEFC Latvia Council foundation, has updated its structure with a new Training and Education Department, and also a Certification office. The first group of participants in the PEFC Latvia process will receive educational information shortly. This will include training on subjects such as: Management systems, Standards, the PEFC Latvian scheme, Forest Standard, Chain of Custody requirements and other matters related to certification. Internal auditors of KS MAA and local organisations will be trained on 23-26th April. One of the most important actions that will be carried out before KSMAA and Branch organisations will be certified is the provision of training in Chain of Custody issues. The documentation process of forest holdings is ongoing. This includes agreements for certification, Green management plans and territorial analysis plans for environmental considerations. Four sub-licences for educational purposes have already been issued by PEFC Latvia – the process of promotion of the PEFC Logo in Latvia has begun! Skaidrite Albertina
E-Mail: ljc@parks.lv

7 Million Hectares Certified In NORWAY
As at April 2001, 7 million hectares have been certified, based on the Living Forests Standards in combination with the ISO 14001 EMS scheme, which was endorsed by the PEFC Council on May 24, 2000. This constitutes 82% of the 7 million cubic metres harvested in Norway every year. The certificate holders include the five largest district associations of the Norwegian Forest Owners’ Federation, a company owned by the State-Owned Land and Forestry Company, two companies owned by the Norwegian Forestry Association and the forests of Norske


First Training Sessions for LATVIA
The PEFC Latvia scheme was submitted to the PEFC Council on 26th

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Skog. Sub-licences to use the PEFC-logo are about to be issued to these certificate holders. Competence building on the Living Forests Standards is continuing at full speed. Norwegian forest owners’ have this winter broken all previous records with regards to skills building. About 17.000 forest owners participating in more than 2.200 study courses, already have, or are about to complete their studies on the Living Forests Standards. Also new scientifically based knowledge about biological important areas is on its way. The project “Environmental Inventories in Forests” was launched in 1997. It is carried out by the Norwegian Institute for Forest Research” and financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture. The project-budget is approximately 30 million NOK or almost EURO 3.5 million. The objective of the project is to develop a method for environmental inventories in forests to improve forest management with regard to preservation of biological diversity and red-list species. Based on, among other things, research of 1300 species and in what kind of habitats they can be found, a scientifically based method for environmental inventories was presented last year, and has since undergone comprehensive testing in four municipalities in Norway. The intention is to connect the environmental inventories to forest management plans and the plans will contain advice on how biological important areas should be treated, like no harvesting, various types of special treatment or restoration. The new scientifically based knowledge and method for environmental inventories will provide a new possible approach to follow up the Living Forests Standard on Biological Important Areas – Key Habitats. How to implement the new method in practical forestry operations the forthcoming outdoorseason is at present being discussed. Elisabeth Gill E-mail: pefc.norge@skog.no

Porto. Its founding members include: from the production side, two major forest producers federations and an important regional Association, and from industry, three major Portuguese business associations representing the forest-based industries: cork, wood products and pulp and paper.

During this ceremony, speeches were made by the current Interim President, José da Silva Ramos, Juan Botey Serra, (representing the PEFCC) and by two members of the Portuguese Government, representing the Ministries of Agriculture and Industry. All the speeches concentrated on two key issues: the Mr Juan Botey Serra importance of Sustainable Forest Management and its third party certification; and the need to make forest certification more accessible to small forest owners, namely those who participate in the Portuguese PEFC initiative. Cláudia Viliotis E-mail: embar@ip.pt

PEFC SPAIN takes large step towards final implementation
PEFC Spain has just taken a large step towards its final implementation in Spain following the publication of the Spanish Standards for Sustainable Forest Management. These standards apply and adapt the criteria and pan-European indicators approved at the ministerial summit meetings in Helsinki (1993) and Lisbon (1998). In December 2000, the general assembly of AENOR’s Standardisation Technical Committee no. 162 “Sustainable Forest Management” approved publication of the standards to be officially applied in Spanish territory (UNE standards), on the basis of

Conselho Da Fileira Florestal Portuguesa (CFFP)
The association CFFP was incorporated by public deed on the 21st of February 2001 in

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which independent certification bodies outwith PEFC-SPAIN will certify Sustainable Forest Management in this country. In keeping with the rules established by the PEFC system, both accreditation and certifying are to be carried out by independent third parties. The process of developing these standards has been open to all those concerned with the forestry sector. These groups include both public and private forest owners, Regional and Municipal authorities, forest industries, traders, professional bodies and associations, public and private research institutes, consultants, universities, timber companies, trade unions and end consumers. To enhance the development of the work in hand, three Sub-committees (SC) were set up SC1 "Vocabulary, terminology and definitions", SC2 "Management Unit Criteria and Indicators" and SC3 "Auditor and Certifying Body Qualifications and Criteria". Sub-committee SC1 has taken responsibility for defining the specific terms used in the standard drafts, with the aim of clarifying the sense of the different specific concepts used therein, as well as endeavouring to avoid any misunderstanding caused by the variety of the terminology used in the Spanish forestry sector. SC2 has been in charge of drawing up the Indicators, which set out the pre-requisites for Sustainability in Spain, based on the six PanEuropean Criteria and the Indicators that were developed from them. This projected Standard lays down the pre-requisites that a management system will have to fulfil in order to achieve certification as “Sustainable”. Throughout the process, the difficulty of the task became apparent on numerous occasions given the immense diversity between Spanish hillsides, and qualified professionals had to be called in to help with the interpretation of a standard which could be applicable to the whole of Spain. SC3 has taken responsibility for defining the qualifications both of the professionals and of the institutions in charge of awarding certification. As such, they are to be capable of auditing and certifying sustainable forest management on Spanish hillsides in accordance with the relevant standards.

PEFC-Spain Spain joined the PEFC initiative in June 1998 and the Spanish Forest Certification association (PEFC-Spain) was launched in May 1999 with the aim of promoting and implementing the sustainable management of Spain’s forests. PEFC-Spain is a private, non-profit-making organisation open to any association – forest producers, industrial concerns, traders, consumers or charities – nationally or on a more local scale, who may be interested in sustainable forest management. At present, membership includes the main national associations representing both forest owners and forest-based timber, paper and board industries. Today Spain’s PEFC Association is finalising the draft of the Spanish certification system, which will be submitted in the coming months to the PEFC Council for assessment. At the same time, a series of pilot trials are in preparation to test the new system in order to perfect it for future use. Eva Martín Orejudo
E-Mail: c.o.s.e@wanadoo.es

Two new members for SWEDEN
The Swedish scheme is described in three documents: • The technical document. • PEFC- requirements for umbrella organisations. • PEFC- requirements for wood-using organisations with a chain-of-custody certificate. The documents are all available on the Swedish homepage (www.pefc.se). The technical document will be available shortly in English. The English version of the Swedish homepage is under construction and some information is already available today. You are welcome to visit! The technical document on the international PEFC homepage is dated December 1999. Since that date a supplementary document has been made, which shortly will be updated at the PEFC Council. Three certification organisations have applied for and are on their way to be accredited by

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SWEDAC, the Swedish national accreditation organisation. The organisations are DNV, De Norske Veritas, SEMKO-DEKRA Certification AB and SGS Forestry. The various umbrella -organisations of PEFC Sweden are at different stages of implementation for forestry certification and chain-of-custody certification. Some have already established their routines, and others are in the process of developing their routines. Within a few months, some of the umbrella organisations expect to have their certificate after the external audit in spring or early summer. The two new members of the Swedish PEFC are Svenska kyrkan (The Swedish Church) and Boxholm industrial forests The Swedish PEFC has arranged marketing meetings with wood industries, where issues such as chain-of-custody certification, using the PEFC logo and PEFC marketing and selling will be discussed. The meetings will be held in Växjö 10th of May, Falun 15th of May and finally in Umeå the 17th of May. On 1st of March the Swedish PEFC Information Group started to consult their new information secretary, Marie Eriksson. She can be reached at mareri60@hotmail.com. On 31st of March the total area certified forests and the total numbers of agreements were updated on the Swedish PEFC homepage (www.pefc.se). At 31st of December 2000 the total area certified according to the Swedish system for certification, which is endorsed by the PEFC Council, was 1,333,810 ha and the total number of agreements were 13,199. Folke Stenstrom
E-Mail: folke.stenstrom@melanskog.se

PEFCC Member Contact Details
Member Country E-Mail Address PEFC Austria info@pefc.at PEFC Belgium Woodnet@skynet.be PEFC Czech Republic cert@uhul.cz PEFC Denmark mkn@skovenes-hus.dk PEFC Finland office@ffcs-finland.org PEFC France foret.privee@wanadoo.fr PEFC Germany Pefc-Deutschland@t-online.de PEFC Ireland bhgreg@gofree.indigo.ie PEFC Latvia ljc@parks.lv PEFC Norway pefc.norge@skog.no PEFC Portugal embar@ip.pt PEFC Spain c.o.s.e@wanadoo.es PEFC Sweden folke.stenstrom@melanskog.se PEFC Switzerland info@wvs.ch PEFC UK Ltd johngunn@timber-growers.co.uk

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