Industry Events

PEFC Forest Certification Week | 13-17 November 2017 | Helsinki, Finland

The PEFC Forest Certification Week 2017 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from 13 to 17 November 2017.

The event includes the PEFC General Assembly along with meetings and workshops and comes to a close with the two-day PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, open to everybody.

The General Assembly is made up of all the members of PEFC and is the organisation's highest authority and decision-making body. PEFC members will have the opportunity to vote on key decisions such as endorsements, international standards, new members, statutes and budget. 

PEFC Week has also grown to feature one of the most important annual public dialogues on the future of forest certification and sustainable forest management: the PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue.

This year, PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue's theme will be 'Making Certification SMART' focusing on how new and emerging technologies can support forest certification. 

The registration deadline is 31 October 2017.

View the events on CTI & Timber Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-forest-certification-week-13-17-november-2017-helsinki-finland]

PEFC UK to hold its Annual Stakeholder Day on 4th July 2017

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has announced its regular Annual Stakeholder Day will take place at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO), London, Tuesday 4 July.

This year’s theme will be Delivering Impacts in the Forest with speakers from the UK and overseas providing a snapshot of the importance of forest certification and how it is affecting forests in North America, Asia and Europe.

Although the UK has one of the lowest forest cover areas in Europe – just 13%, compared to 75% in Finland, 32% in Germany and 29% in France – it is the sixth largest consumer market in the world and the fifth largest timber importer. The presentations will enable those who are trading in certified forest products to learn more about what lies behind the PEFC label and the difference forest certification is making on the ground. Speakers from around the world will illustrate the vital importance of forests to biodiversity, rural development and carbon sequestration.

Subjects will include the key role that forests play in capturing carbon across North American woodlands from Dr Mark Johnston, of the Saskatchewan Research Council, Ana Rengifo Abbad will showcase Iberia’s cork oak forests and their role in rural development. Dr Melvin Gumal from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia, will illustrate the vital importance of keeping tropical forests healthy to ensure that future habitats for endangered species are protected, with Confor’s Andrew Heald explaining how biodiversity works from a UK forestry perspective.

The afternoon will conclude with a Q&A discussion session chaired by PEFC International’s Peter Latham followed by a networking drinks reception. PEFC UK Chairman, Ross Bradshaw said: “The UK is such a huge marketplace for forest products, encompassing everything from paper cups and packaging materials to joinery products and structural timber that people forget the fundamental role PEFC plays in the forest. We hope that all those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will be able to gain a better understanding of the impact PEFC certification has on local communities and forest owners and how that translates into the certified material we know so well.”   

The event will be sponsored by James Latham, Soil Association and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

For more information and registration, click here or contact Hilary Khawam at [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-hold-its-annual-stakeholder-day-4th-july-2017]