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PEFC - FSC: new guide explains differences and similarities

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has recently published a new brochure, ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management around the World: PEFC & FSC’, which aims to answer some of the most  frequently asked questions about the differences and similarities between PEFC’s sustainable forest management certification system, and The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) programme.

The new publication - available online here - explains the origins of both certification systems, how they came into being, and also helps to clearly explain each of the standards and their definitions.

At the same time the brochure also represents a useful resource tool for certified companies. Both global sustainable forest management certification systems share the same goals of ensuring that forests are managed in line with challenging environmental, social and economic requirements – balancing people, planet and profit.

Worldwide more than 260 million hectares of forests are PEFC certified. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification supplies more than 16,000 Chain of Custody certified companies with responsibly sourced timber and wood products, such as those used in producing fibre-based paper products such as packaging.

Regarding FSC, in March 2016 the organisation reached the milestone of 30,000 certificates supplied across the timber supply chain. All over the world, around 50,000 independent companies and organizations are estimated to buy, manufacture, trade or sell FSC-certified material and products.

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TTF launches member survey to help improve its due diligence process

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has launched a member and stakeholder survey on the Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP), its due diligence framework, to improve aide compliance with legality and sustainability matters

The online survey, accessible here until Friday 8 April 2016, is part of the TTF’s Strategic Development review of its RPP, aiming to improve the industry benchmark for legal and sustainable sourcing.

The RPP has been in existence for over 10 years, providing members of the Federation with a solid foundation on which to build their compliance processes. TTF members are required to have in place a system of due diligence covering all timber purchases within their businesses. The key requirement of such a policy is to implement detailed due diligence on the species, country of origin and supply chains from which they source their products and to report to the TTF annually on certain criteria

The TTF provides its members with a framework of due diligence and a set of tools that allow them to focus their resources on products and suppliers where there is a higher risk of illegal timber entering their supply chains. It complements existing risk management already in place, such as product certification and provides further assurance that organisations have robust and systematic risk management measures in place.

Dave Hopkins, Managing Director of the TTF said: “The RPP is central to TTF values, membership and reputation. Yet, the market for responsible sourcing has changed dramatically since its start. We need to make sure that we are changing with that market. This review will allow us to assess the current system, compare it against the needs of our customers and develop it accordingly. We want to ensure that the market knows it can trust a TTF member.”

 

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Confor highlights benefits of sustainably managed forests in a short film

'Animating Forestry'

Confor has released a new short animated film demonstrating the link between tree planting and the wood products we take for granted in our lives.

The video underlines opportunities and benefits of sustainably-managed forests both for the economy and the environment.

"Next time you pick up a product made of wood, stop and consider where it comes from", that is Confor's key message to consumers.

Watch Confor's 'Our forests, our people' video here.

European Forest Industries welcome UN International Day of Forests

The European forest owners, managers, forest industry and professionals - represented by CEPF, Copa-Cogeca, ELO, EUSTAFOR, CEI-Bois, CEPI, FECOF, UEF and USSE - have welcomed the International Day of Forests established by the UN General Assembly for today 21 March.

According to the representatives of the European forest sector, EU needs to better communicate the strong link between forests and water: "Forests have a close relationship to our water resources and sustainable forest management is of crucial importance for ensuring a multitude of water-related benefits."

The above-mentioned forest industry organisations also highlight how European forests enable access to this vital resource: "Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible fresh water for domestic, agricultural, industrial and ecological needs. Forests influence the amount of available water and regulate surface and groundwater flows while maintaining highest water quality. Forests reduce the effects of floodings, and prevent and reduce dryland salinity and desertification. Forests act as natural water filters, minimizing soil erosion on site and reduce sediment in water bodies."

Another key point to underline is the impact that climate change has on water and the role of forests. "Climate change is one of the major challenges facing today’s society. The impacts of climate change are an imminent threat to water security, and forests themselves are vulnerable to climate change. An increased frequency of extreme weather events has an impact on both forests and water, and may result in more catastrophic events like landslides, floods and droughts", the representatives of the European forest sector write.

"Europe’s forest sector is at the forefront of combatting climate change by contributing to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Active forest management is crucial to enhance forests adaptive capacity, making them more resilient to meet a changing climate and maintaining the vital water-related services provided by forests."

 

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PEFC announces upcoming Chain of Custody Training schedule

PEFC has announced the dates of its Chain of Custody training.

The training programs include: Individual auditor training webinars (online only) - to take place on 10 May 2016 and 6-7 July 2016 - and a PEFC Training Recognition Program (TRP) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24-25 May 2016.

The sessions provide companies, certification bodies, auditors and accreditation bodies with Chain of Custody Training to ensure they are updated on changes to the standard and on interpretation and explanation of specific requirements.

This enables them to consistently apply the chain of custody requirements in daily practice, and allows PEFC to exchange experiences and receive valuable feedback on the implementation of the standard.

For more information and reservation click here or or email [email protected].

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