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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 hilary.khawam@pefc.co.uk.

 

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PEFC UK to run stakeholder seminars on Sustainable forest management certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is running two seminars in the New Year to help participants gain a clearer understanding of sustainable forest management certification.

Key personnel from certified companies such as Chain of Custody administrators, marketing and sales are invited to attend these seminars covering a wide range of topics including Chain of Custody certification, the use of the PEFC label and the market drivers for certified forest products.

The possible dates are:

London - Wednesday 11 January

Birmingham - Wednesday 18 January

The workshops are free to attend but places are strictly limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is recommended.

For more information, download the pdf form or contact info@pefc.co.uk.

 

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PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue | 17-18 November 2016 | Bali, Indonesia

PEFC International will hold its next Stakeholder Dialogue event on 17-18 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

The two-day meeting will focus on how the forest sector and forest certification can better contribute to sustainable landscapes for sustainable livelihoods.

Main discussion topics include:

  • Empowering and integrating smallholders to support deforestation free, sustainable supply chains
  • Meeting the growing global demand for wood: improving productivity & expanding the resource base
  • Transferring lessons and exploring synergies across commodities for sustainable landscapes and rural economic growth

The dialogue will open with two distinguished experts providing diverse views on how to ‘bridge the gap’ and better achieve sustainability across forests, agriculture and food security. 

Dr. Terry Sunderland, Principle Scientist at CIFOR, will explain his insights on how landscape approaches can provide a framework to reconcile competition between productive land-uses and environmental and development trade-offs.

He will go on to highlight new findings that underscore the importance of forests for many aspects of sustainable development, people’s nutrition among them.

Dr. Sadanandan Nambiar AO, (formerly, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia) will argue that improving the productivity and profitability of forests and trees is central to achieving sustainability across landscapes and livelihoods.

For Dr. Nambiar, certification must sharpen its focus on economic sustainability. The production, processing and use of more wood is critical for poverty reduction and a contributor to climate change mitigation, and he will challenge whether certification systems currently act as a catalyst for rural development in tree-based landscapes.

Registration to the event will close on 12 October 2016. 

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PEFC EU Policy Conference | 21 September 2016 | Brussels

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) will hold its first PEFC EU Policy Conference on 21 September 2016 at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

The event intends to boost the debate on EU policies and sustainable forestry.

Split into two parts, the Conference will initially focus on how we ensure the sustainability of wood for energy use in Europe.

Keynote speaker Mr. Jean-Eric Paquet, the Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission, will give a first insight into the results of the consultation organized by the European Commission.

A panel discussion will follow, with representatives from industry, NGOs and national and EU stakeholders. In particular, the debate will focus on the role that sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody certification can play in ensuring the sustainability of wood for energy.

Later in the afternoon the discussion will switch focus to the role of sustainable forest management certification within the EU FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Action Plan.

Ms. Sheam Satkuru-Granzella, Vice Chair of the PEFC Board of Directors and Director at the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), will present her views on the synergies between certification and the FLEGT Action Plan. This comes in light of the recent evaluation of both the Voluntary Partnership Agreements and the EU Timber Regulation.  

This will be followed by a panel discussion gathering representatives from local and international stakeholders, as well as international organizations and NGOs.

It is possible to register through the following online form: https://podio.com/webforms/16227857/1089519

For more information, please contact Xavier Noyon at xavier.noyon@pefc.org.

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PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day | 5 July 2016 | London

The PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at the Society of Chemical Industry in London.

The event will focus on Market Drivers for Certified Products with speakers highlighting the market-based initiatives that are driving demand for certified products, sustainable forest management and the global role PEFC plays in developing certified forests.  

The keynote speaker will be Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability for the influential global industry group, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The CGF brings together more than 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers, including major brands such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Nestle, P&G, Tesco and Asda-WalMart. Gavilan leads the CGF’s Sustainability team, which aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protection against climate change and reducing waste. Ignacio will speak on: ‘Zero Net Deforestation by 2020’, and the importance of sourcing pulp, paper and packaging responsibly. CGF recognises the role that forest certification schemes such as PEFC’s can play in providing companies with verification of legality and providing a low risk of controversial sources.

Other speakers include Martyn White of the John Lewis Partnership, who will provide a retail perspective on managing risk and enhancing brand value through responsible sourcing plus Steve Cook of Willmott Dixon, who will highlight what the UK construction sector is doing to ensure the timber it sources comes from well-managed forests. Riikka Joukio of Metsäboard and the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group, will urge the packaging sector and its customers to actively support sustainable forest management certification. PEFC International’s Sarah Price will complete the speaker line up, delivering an update on PEFC’s work to grow certified forests to meet customer demand.  

"More and more companies from SMEs to global brands are keen to demonstrate that the forest products they use come from certified sustainable sources. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions and we hope those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will gain a better understanding of the role market-based initiatives play  in helping to secure a healthy future for the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Chairman Ross Bradshaw.

For more information contact PEFC at info@pefc.co.uk or visit the website http://www.pefc.co.uk/news-publications/events/pefc-stakeholder-events.

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