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What is PEFC?

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certi­fica­tion (PEFCTM) is an international non-profit, non-go­ver­nmen­tal organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party cer­tification.

PEFCTM works throughout the entire ­forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its  eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

PEFCTM? is an umbrella orga­niza­ti­on. It works by endorsing ­national forest cer­ti­fica­ti­on systems ­developed through ­multi-stakeholder processes ­and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

With 38 endorsed national certi­fica­ti­on systems and more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world's largest forest cer­ti­fica­ti­on system.

Each national forest certificati­on system undergoes ­rigorous third-party assessment ­against PEFC's unique Sus­ta­ina­bili­ty Benchmarks to ensure consistency with in­ter­nati­onal re­qu­ire­men­ts.

These Benchmarks have been developed based on internati­onal­ly-recognized, ongoing and long term, in­ter­gov­er­nmen­tal processes and guidelines for the promotion of SFM to ensure compliance with globally agreed re­qu­ire­men­ts.

The Benchmark criteria are regularly revised through multi-stakeholder processes involving participants drawn globally from civil society, business, governments, labour and research institutions to take account of new scientific knowledge, societal change, evolving expectations and to incorporate latest best practice.

Today, PEFC includes 46 national members ­among its membership, which is also open to in­ter­nati­onal sta­keh­ol­ders ­such as civil society or­ga­niza­ti­ons, businesses, government entities and in­ter­gov­er­nmen­tal bodies.

PEFCTM is the certi­fica­ti­on system of choice for small forest owners including family - and community-owned forests.

Some 25% of the world's forests are managed by 2 billion families and community members, with 40% of forests in the North owned by 30 million families and 25% of forests in the South owned or managed by communities.

Through innovative mechanisms for group and regional certifica­ti­on, PEFC supports small land owners to gain recognition in the market place thereby making a lasting contribution to livelihoods and rural development.

To date, several hundred-thousand family - and community-owned forests have acquired PEFC cer­ti­fica­ti­on.

PEFC certi­fica­ti­on is also favoured by numerous public and private timber procurement policies worldwide.

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