PEFC International publishes its Annual Review 2015
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has released its 2015 Annual Review ‘Seeing the Bigger Picture’.
The report - downloadable here - contains a summary of the most relevant activities developed by PEFC throughout 2015 along with interesting figures and facts.
In details, the Annual Review shows that: - At the end of 2015 272 million hectares of forests worldwide were PEFC certified; - North America and Asia achieved the biggest increase in PEFC-certified forest area, growing by over 7 million and 6 million hectares; - China alone gained 5.6 million certified hectares; - 750,000 forest owners were PEFC-certified; - France, Germany and the UK were the top countries in terms of Chain of Custody certificates issued; - Over 17,700 companies in the world benefited from PEFC's Chain of Custody certification; - 20 countries were developing a PEFC system or preparing to apply for endorsement.
“For me, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly was one of the most remarkable achievements of 2015, next to the Paris Agreement,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, commenting on one of the key events of last year.
“The SDGs capture the most pressing issues of our times, the most challenging targets towards a sustainable future, in 17 aspirational, easy to communicate goals,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.
"For us at PEFC, the SDGs help us to better communicate the holistic nature of our work. They recognize the positive contributions of forests rather than treating them merely as a threatened natural resource that requires conservation."