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PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue:

Advancing Certification in the Tropics

Wednesday, 10th November 2010, 9am-5.00pm, Hotel Windsor Barra
Avenida Sernambetiba, 2630 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil

08.30-09.00 Registration
09:00-09:30 Welcome Ben Gunneberg, PEFC and Joao Alziro Herz da Jornada, INMETRO
09.30-09.50 Setting the scene: Forest Certification in the Tropics Ivan Tomaselli STPC/ITTO
09.50-10.10 Barriers or Drivers, Lacey Act, FLEGT et al. – Opportunities for Certification?
To be confirmed
10.10-10.30 Public Forest Concessions in Brazil Antonio Hummel, Brazilian Forest Service
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


11.00-11.10 Introduction Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken (Moderator), International Family Forestry

Alliance (IFFA) / Three Rights Holders Group (G3)
11.10-11.30 Community Requirements for Certification Ghan Shyam Pandey, Global
Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF)
11.30-11.50 Certification and its Implications for Indigenous Peoples Edna Kaptoyo,
International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
11.50-12.10 Small-scale Community Land Ownership: An Opportunity for Certification –
Cameroon Example Patrice Pa’ah, GACF / Cooperative Agroforêtière de la
Trinationale (CAFT)
12.10-12.30 Discussion
12.30-14.00 Lunch


14.00-14.20 Synergies between Carbon Trade/Payments for Ecosystem Services and

Forest Certification Gilberto Tiepolo, The Nature Conservancy
14.20-14.40 Synergies between Forest Certification and REDD Certification Eduard
Merger, UNIQUE
14.40-15.00 Questions and Answers
15.00-15.20 Coffee Break


15.40-16.00 Public-Private Partnerships

Marvin Brown, Chief Forester, SFI
16.00.-16.20 Fibria Community Outsourcing Program
Sandro Bressan Pinheiro, Fibria
16.20.-16.40 A Certified Company in the Tropics - Suzano Cia
17.00 Discussion and Closing Remarks

PEFC Workshops
Thursday, 11th November 2010, 9am-noon, Hotel Windsor Barra
Avenida Sernambetiba, 2630 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil

PEFC Workshop
Participants will discuss and some of the most relevant issues impacting forest
certification today, with a view on elaborating on the framework defining PEFC's
activities relating to these issues. Note that the workshops will run in parallel.
09:00-12:00 GMOs
The revised PEFC forest management standard to be presented to the PEFC General
Assembly for approval states that Genetically modified trees shall not be used. A
note states that the restriction on the usage of genetically modified trees has been
adopted based on the precautionary principle. Until enough scientific data on
genetically modified trees indicates that impacts on human and animal health and
the environment are equivalent to, or more positive than, those presented by trees
genetically improved by traditional methods, no genetically modified trees will be
Research suggest that GMOs may offer economic and technical benefits especially
in plantation forestry, while there are at the same time concerns about potential
negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems.
With various stakeholders suggesting a more flexible approach towards GMOs,
PEFC continues to monitor ongoing research, scientific findings and societal
expectations. Like all PEFC criteria, the current PEFC position on GMOs may be
changed by due process and will be re-considered during the next revision cycle in

09:00-09:05 GMOs in PEFC Standards Revision Jaroslav Tymrak, PEFC

09:05-09:20 Introduction: Genetically Modified Trees Prof Giancarlo
Pascali, Professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul,
09:20-09:35 Research, Development and Trends in Genetically Modified
Trees Dr Les Pearson, Director, Regulatory Affairs , Arborgen
09:35-09:50 Biosafety of Genetically Modified Trees to be confirmed
09:50-10:05 German Attitudes and Expectations towards Genetically
modified Trees Dirk Teegelbekkers, Secretary General, PEFC
10:05-12:00 Discussion

09:00-12:00 New Approaches to Certification

The Stakeholder Dialogue on the previous day tackles challenges and opportunities
that forest certification faces in the tropics.
PEFC as the world’s largest forest certification system is committed to increase
access to PEFC certification in tropical forests, especially for its core constituency,
small-, family- ,and community forest owners.
Given the outcome of the discussions of the previous day, this workshop discusses
the way forward for PEFC to overcome existing barriers and take advantage of
emerging opportunities.

09:00-12:00 Discussion, Supported by Short Presentations to be confirmed