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Africa

  • Gabonese Pan African Forest Certification System (PAFC Gabon)

    PAFC Gabon is a member-based organisation whose members are divided into four colleges: the college of forest owners and rightful owners, the college of professionals, the social college and the environmental college. Standards set by PAFC Gabon include a sustainable forestry management standard and chain of custody standard. PAFC has joined PEFC International in 2004 and was first endorsed in April 2009. More information: PAFC Gabon; B.P: 17.064, Libreville, Gabon; Phone: + 241 067 040 68
  • Cameroonian Association of the Pan African Forestry Certification (PAFC Cameroon)

    PAFC Cameroon was created in October 2007 and is working with stakeholders to develop a national certification system. PAFC Cameroon aims to develop, promote and implement a forest certification systems adapted for Cameroon, based on the ATO-ITTO Principles, Criteria and Indicators. PAFC Cameroon joined PEFC in November 2007 but has yet to be endorsed. More information: PAFC Cameroon; B.P: 4975, Yaounde, Cameroon; Phone: +237 998 100 17

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Asia

  • Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme

    The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) is a certification system developed by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). MTCS started operating in 2001 as a voluntary national timber certification system and comprises two components: Forest Management Certification and Chain of Custody certification. As a voluntary national system, the MTCS provides for independent assessment of forest management practices, to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia's natural forest and forest plantations, as well as to meet the demand for certified timber products. Certification under MTCS covers Permanent Reserved Forests and community-owned or managed forests in Malaysia. MTCS was the first tropical timber certification system in Southeast Asia to be endorsed by PEFC in May 2009.
  • Japan Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC)

    The Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC) was established as a private organization in 2003 by over 70 organizations, including forest and forestry industry groups, NGOs and consumer groups. Its declared purpose is ?to spread the idea of sustainable forest management throughout the Japanese society, promote effective use of wood products from sustainable forest management and construct a cyclical society so as to support people enjoying a pleasant lifestyle and to help maintain a natural environment?. SGEC's activities include operating a certification system, accreditation of certification bodies corporation with overseas forest accreditation bodies, and investigation on and dissemination of SFM.
  • Indonesia SVLK

    The Indonesian government Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) certifies that timber and wood products are sourced according to its legality requirements. It is now obligatory for both state and private forests. It includes timber legality assurance tracking and licensing systems and is now the basis of the Timber Legality Assurance System of Indonesia Indonesia's EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement programme.
  • Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC)

    IFCC is an Indonesian organisation promoting sustainable forest management through forest certification and labelling of forest-based products originating in certified forests. IFCC is the standardising and governing body for the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation Scheme and develops standards and requirements for forest certification. IFCC has been endorsed by PEFC since October 2014.
  • China Forest Certification Scheme

    China started studying and exploring forest certification in the 1990s, with the aim of developing a forest certification system suited to China's own national reality and forest conditions. The building of the national forest certification system started in 2001 and the resulting China Forest Certification Scheme was launched in 2010. In February 2014, the China Forest Certification Scheme (CFCS) achieved endorsement by PEFC.

Europe

  • UK Woodland Assurance Standard

    Independent certification standard supported by industry, government and other certification schemes for verifying sustainable woodland management in the UK. Not a certification scheme but single national standard for use by international forest certification schemes operating in the UK. Endorsed by FSC and PEFC.
  • Estonian Forest Certification Council

    The Estonian Forest Certification Council (EMSN) was set up as a non-profit organization in October 2001 on the initiative of private forest owners and with the participation of other interest groups and stakeholders. The implementation of the scheme follows the PEFC International standards in forest management and Chain of Custody certification. The EMSN has been endorsed by PEFC since March 2008.
  • Belarusian Association of Forest Certification

    The decision to establish a forest certification system in Belarus was made in 1999, and the development of a system in Belarus started in 2000. The Belarusian Association of Forest Certification has been a member of PEFC International since 2005 and the system has been PEFC endorsed since July 2010. In the Republic of Belarus all the forests belong to the state, and most forests are managed by the Ministry of Forestry, within which there are more than 95 forest-management enterprises.

Netherlands

UK

North America

  • Canadian Sustainable Forest Management System

    The Canadian Standards Association (CSA)'s Sustainable Forest Management System (SFM) standard is a leading forest certification standard in Canada. First released in 1996, it is Canada's official national standard for sustainable forest management. Forests certified to the CSA SFM Standard provide independent third party assurance of meeting a strict set of biological, environmental and social criteria. Recognising that 95% of Canada's forests are publicly owned, the CSA certification demands active public involvement by local residents.
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI)

    SFI is a non-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. The programme works with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, and other organisations and individuals ?who share its passion for responsible forest management?.  SFI's 18-member multi-stakeholder Board of Directors comprises three chambers, representing environmental, economic and social interests equally. The SFI programme has 250 participants, and involves more than a thousand organizations from across North America.  Across Canada and the United States, more than 240 million acres (100 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard. The SFI programme has been endorsed by PEFC since December 2005.
  • The American Tree Farm System (ATFS)

    ATFS claims to be the oldest and largest forest certification programme in North America and is administered through a network of tree farmers and private landowners, volunteer members of state and local committees and associations, national and state government agencies, inspecting foresters, forestry consultants, natural resource professionals and private industry. All land certified through the ATFS is required to conform to the American Forest Foundation's (AFF) Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification. ATFS is also a member of PEFC and its standards have been PEFC endorsed since August 2008.

Oceania

  • Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS)

    Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) is owned and managed by Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd), a not-for-profit public company. The Scheme is made up to two Australian Standards, the Australian Standard for Sustainable forest management (AS4708) and the Australian Standard for Chain of custody for certified wood and forest products (AS4707). According to AFS, the vast majority of Australia's major wood production forest managers have chosen to have their management independently certified against the Australian Standard: Over 90% of the production forest area in Australia or 10.4 million hectares are certified. The Australian Forest Certification Scheme has been endorsed by PEFC and AFS is the PEFC national governing body for Australia.

South America

  • CERTFOR Chile Forest Certification Corporation

    The Chilean System of Sustainable Forest Management Certification (CERTFOR) is a nonprofit national system, which was formed in late 2002 with public funds allocated to Fundación Chile, with support from the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO) and the National Forestry Institute (INFOR). CERTFOR has been a member of PEFC since 2002 and was first endorsed in October 2004. According to PEFC, CERTFOR has certified nearly 1.95 million hectares of plantation forest in Chile, which corresponds to roughly 82% of the country's total certified area.
  • Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR)

    The Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (Cerflor) was created by the Brazilian Society for Silviculture (SBS), in collaboration with several associations, research institutes and NGO's as a voluntary national forest certification programme in 1991. Cerflor includes representatives from producers, consumers, governments, NGOs and other organizations, such as universities and research institutions. The governance of Cerflor is managed by the Brazilian government's National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro), which has been a member of PEFC Council since 2002. Cerflor was assessed and endorsed by PEFC in 2005.
  • Argentine Forest Certification System (CERFOAR)

    The Argentine Forest Certification System is a voluntary initiative of national stakeholders to establish forest certification requirements for both native forests and plantations. It was developed in a multi-stakeholder process with participation of representatives from every link in the value chain of forest-based products. The System has been PEFC endorsed since July 2014. There are over 28 million hectares of natural forest in Argentina - covering a tenth of the country's land area ? but according to PEFC less than 1% of these forests are certified.

Worldwide

  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

    With some 255 million ha of PEFC certified forests, PEFC claims to be the world's largest forest certification system. More than 750,000 forest owners are PEFC certified and some 15,800 companies are holding chain-of-custody certification. The PEFC's declared aim is to transform the way forests are managed globally and locally - to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer. PEFC membership is open to national forest certification organizations and international stakeholders. This structure allows for ethical and responsible decision-making that incorporates the combined experiences and knowledge of all stakeholders at national and international levels?. In several European countries as well as in Canada, the USA and in Russia there are national PEFC organizations such as PEFC UK, PEFC Russia, PEFC USA, for example. PEFC members also include other national certification bodies, many of which are endorsed by the organization.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

    FSC is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. As of January 2015 some 185.546 million ha of forestland were certified according to FSC standards. Moreover, the organization has issued 28,569 chain-of-custody certificates and 1,297 forest management/chain-of-custody certificates. FSC aims to ?enable businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, and create positive change by engaging the power of market dynamics?. The organization says it counts some of the world's leading environmental NGOs, businesses and social organizations, as well as forest owners, managers and processing companies among its members. FSC was founded in Mexico in 1994 as a result of a consultation process including timber users, traders as well as representatives of environmental and human rights organizations. The organization now embraces a large number of local offices and national bodies all over the world.
  • Forest Certification Assessment Guide

    A guide to the criteria for forest certification systems, published in 2006 by the Global Forest Alliance, set up by WWF and the World Bank.

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