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PEFC Standards Revision: Requirements for SFM Standards


This webinar presents and discusses the revised requirement for sustainable forest management under PEFC, which have been modified within PEFC's Standards Revision process. …

This webinar presents and discusses the revised requirement for sustainable forest management under PEFC, which have been modified within PEFC's Standards Revision process.

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  • We do need to realize that only 8% of the world's forest are certified. This corresponds to 26% of the global industrial round wood production. And if you think that 26% does sound like a lot, keep in mind that it has taken the two global certification organisations almost 20 years to get to this level. What's more, according to the UN, the rate of increase in global certified forest area has slowed dramatically since 2006.
  • There's more to this problem: More than 80% of today's certification happens in Western Europe and North America, regions where forest management has been traditionally quite responsible, with strong forest legislation and law enforcement. Forest certification has not made much progress in certifying tropical forests – and you may recall that this was the primary objective when forest certification was first set up. Tropical forests is where forest certification can really make a difference, and the challenge is to make certification relevant there. We do need to look closely at why forest certification has not succeeded there, and how we can better adapt our approaches to certifying forests in these areas. There's also an additional challenge: More and more public and private procurement policies require sustainable timber – which essentially excludes timber from the Global South, given that only small parts there are certified. How can we expand certification in the Global South?
  • Forests are very important for life. Sustainable forests are vitally important and do make a difference to life.


  • 1. Stakeholder seminar Revision of PEFC requirements Part 2: Requirements for SFM standards Geneva, Switzerland (2nd June 2010)
  • 2. Objectives of the stakeholders dialogue
    • To inform stakeholders about the results of work of the revision Working Group.
    • To receive feedback from stakeholders on the “enquiry draft” documents.
    • To encourage stakeholders in participation in the formal public consultation.
  • 3. Global Challenges for Certification PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue Geneva 2 st June 2010 Ben Gunneberg PEFC Council Secretary General
  • 4. Over last ten years:
    • Increasing public and consumer awareness and knowledge
    • Increasing involvement by governments at all levels
    • Concept of “ corporate social responsibility " adopted – and implemented – by more and more companies
        • Forest management has become a global procurement issue
    • The rise of issues such as climate change, social issues, biodiversity – and the potential contribution by forests especially in the tropics
        • Forest certification is now a solution provider
    • However….
  • 5. Challenge 1: Expansion of Certification
    • Only 8% of the world’s forests are certified – have we stalled?
    • Only 26% of the world’s industrial roundwood supply is certified – after almost 20 years of forest certification
    • 66% of the total area certified to PEFC
    8% 26% 66%
  • 6. Challenge 2: Distribution of certification 180 million ha, 56% of world’s certified forests 82 million ha, 26% of world’s certified forests CIS = Commonwealth of independent states Source: UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review 2008-2009
  • 7.
    • Legislation and procurement policies as drivers for sustainable and legal timber stimulate demand for certified product and are welcomed:
      • Legislation (Lacey Act, Due Diligence Proposal EU)
      • Bilateral Agreements – FLEGT; MoU China & Indonesia, etc
      • Public Procurement Policies (CPET, TPAC, ICLEI, EU Ecoflower etc)
      • Green Buildings initiatives
      • Responsible Purchasing Policies & Codes of Conduct
    • Need to ensure they remain drivers and do not become barriers
    Challenge 3: Securing Market Access
  • 8. PEFC Standards Revision needs to ensure that:
    • Meta standard requirements are flexible enough to be applicable to all national processes,
    • Resulting national certification requirements are feasible, realistic and cost-effective.
    • Both the Meta standard requirements and resulting national certification standards and systems are robust enough to provide confidence to deliver key market and stakeholder expectations
    • Finding the right balance is the challenge
  • 9. Context of the PEFC Revision
    • Governance Review 2008
    • New Strategic Plan
    • General Review of Statutes and Documents
      • chain of custody and requirements for C-o-C Certification Bodies
      • requirements for standard setting, forest management standards and regional/group certification,
      • requirements for FM CBs and PEFC endorsement process.
  • 10.
    • PEFC ST 1001:20xx: Standard setting – requirements
    • -- establishes governance requirements for national standards processes
    • PEFC ST 1002:20xx: Group forest certification – requirements
    • -- rules for group or regional certification
    • PEFC ST 1003:20xx: Sustainable Forest Management Standards
    • -- requirements for national SFM standards
    Elements under Review
  • 11. Objectives
    • Incorporate latest knowledge
    • Respond to customer/community expectations
    • Respond to new challenges (global south)
    • Broaden stakeholder involvement
    • Streamline PEFC requirements and structures
    • Simplify PEFC documentation
  • 12. Stages of the revision process (PEFC GD 1003:2009)
    • Proposal stage: “Project” for development of new document or revision of existing is approved by the BoD
    • Preparatory st.: A working group is set up and first draft or analytical papers prepared by the project leader
    • WG stage: Working Group builds consensus on draft documents
    • Enquiry stage: A draft document is released for public consultation (2 months minimum), comments received are considered by the WG
    • Formal approval: Final draft is adopted by the PEFC General Assembly based on recommendation of the PEFC BoD.
  • 13. Timetable of the revision process
    • Timetable
  • 14.
    • Provides for balanced representation of stakeholders
    • 5 meetings 2009-2010
    • Established four (4) task forces (standard setting and group certification; biodiversity; social issues; and plantation forestry and GMOs)
    • Organised two specialists workshop (social issues in Feb 2010 and biodiversity in March 2010),
    • Prepared draft documents for public consultation
    Working group stage
  • 15.
    • Three documents published for public consultation (mid April to the end of June 2010),
    • Stakeholder Dialogues (Geneva in May 2010, Malaysia in June 2010)
    • Three webinars (1-3 rd June 2010)
    Public consultation stage
  • 16.
    • WG will consider all comments from public consultation and will deliver to the PEFC BoD a final draft (September 2010),
    • PEFC Board of Directors will consider the final draft and recommends it to PEFC General Assembly for formal voting or returns it back to the WG (October 2010),
    • PEFC General Assembly will formally vote on the final drafts documents
    Next stages Participate in online consultation: www.pefc.org , click on Get involved - Public consultations
  • 17. Draft requirements for sustainable forest management Jaroslav Tymrak PEFC Council Head of Technical Unit
  • 18. PEFC ST 1003:20xx, Part 1 (ED): Requirements for Sustainable Forest Management Standards – Part 1: Temperate, boreal and plantation forests
  • 19. Scope
    • PEFC Council defines “meta-standards”,
    • PEFC meta-standards should be based on intergovernmental processes,
    • Only PEOLG and ATO/ITTO PCIs (alternatively FAO guidelines for planted forests) can be used as meta-standards,
    • A single SFM standard should be assessed against a single PEFC meta-standard.
  • 20. Application of SFM standards (3.1) By whom? … shall apply to activities of all operators in the defined forest area who have a measurable impact on achieving compliance with the requirements. At what level? … are applicable at the forest management unit level , or at another level as appropriate, to ensure that all requirements are met at the forest management unit level. Note: An example of a situation where a requirement can be defined at other than forest management unit level (e.g. group/regional) is monitoring of forest health. Through monitoring of forest health at regional level and communicating of results at the FMU level the objective of the requirement is met without the necessity to carry out the individual monitoring of every forest management unit.
  • 21. Public availability of FMPs (1.1c) A summary of the forest management plan or its equivalent , which contains information about the forest management measures to be applied, is publicly available, except for confidential business and personal information .
  • 22. Forest conversion (1.2 a and Appendix 1)
    • Requirement regulating forest conversion includes two elements:
    • To regulate conversion of forests into other use , including conversion to forest plantations
    • To exclude from certification forest plantations established as a result of the conversion.
  • 23. Forest conversion (1.2 a)
    • Conversion of forests to other types of land use, including timber plantations, shall not occur unless in justified circumstances where the conversion:
    • is in compliance with national and regional policy and legislation relevant for land use and forest management and is a result of national or regional land use planning governed by a governmental or other official authority including consultation with materially and directly interested persons and organisations,
    • entails a limited pro-portion of forest type,
    • does not have negative impacts on threatened (including vulnerable, rare or endangered) forest ecosystems, culturally and socially significant areas , important habitats of threatened species or other protected areas and,
    • makes a contribution to long-term conservation, economic, and social benefits (for example through the rehabilitation of degraded forests).
  • 24. Forest conversion (Appendix 1) The requirement for the “conversion of forest to other types of land, including plantations” shall be interpreted that plantations established from forest conversion after the application date of this standard in other than “justified exceptional circumstances” are not meeting the requirement and are not eligible to certification.
    • Optional requirements:
    • Specific date, e.g. …plantations established after year 2000…
    • Floating date, e.g. …plantations established during the period of the last 10 years…
    • Rotation period, e.g. …plantation within the first rotation after the conversion…
  • 25. Native species (2.2b) and introduced species (4.2b) Appropriate forest management practices such as reforestation and afforestation with tree species and provenances that are suited to the site conditions or the use of tending, harvesting and transport techniques that minimise tree and/or soil damages shall be applied. For reforestation and afforestation, origins of native species and local provenances that are well adapted to site conditions shall be preferred, where appropriate. Only those introduced species, provenances or varieties shall be used whose impacts on the ecosystem and on the genetic integrity of native species and local provenances have been evaluated , and if negative impacts can be avoided or minimised. Note: CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Guiding Principles for the Prevention, Introduction, and Mitigation of Impacts of Alien Species that Threaten Ecosystems, Habitats or Species are recognized as guidance for avoidance of invasive species.
  • 26. Usage of chemicals (2.2c)
  • 27. Representative areas , ecologically important biotops (4.1b) Forest management planning and terrestrial inventory and mapping of forest resources shall identify and protect ecologically important forest biotopes , taking into account protected, rare, sensitive or representative forest ecosystems such as riparian areas and wetland biotopes , areas containing endemic species and habitats of threatened species , as defined in recognised reference lists, as well as endangered or protected genetic in situ resources . The forest management shall provide for conservation/set aside of the key ecosystems or habitats in their natural state . Alternative proposal: PEFC Council would incorporate the concept of HCVF.
  • 28. GMOs (4.1b) Genetically modified trees shall not be us ed. Note: The restriction on the usage of genetically modified trees has been adopted based on the precautionary principle. Until enough scientific data on genetically modified trees indicates or guarantee that impacts on human and animal health and the environment are equivalent to, or more positive than, those presented by trees genetically improved by traditional methods. PEFC Council position on genetically modified trees will be reviewed in 2015. Alternative proposal Until 2015, genetically modified trees shall not be used . Note: The restriction on the usage of genetically modified trees has been adopted based on the precautionary principle that until enough scientific data on genetically modified trees indicate or guarantee that impacts on human and animal health and the environment are equivalent to, or more positive than, those presented by trees genetically improved by traditionally methods. PEFC Council position on genetically modified trees will be reviewed by 2015.
  • 29. Contribution to local economy (6.1a) Where applicable, forest management shall stimulate employment of the local population, including indigenous peoples, as well as the local processing of timber and non-timber forest products. The employment of local people, including indigenous peoples, shall be stimulated, for example through training.
  • 30. Indigenous people rights (6.1b) Property rights and land tenure arrangements shall be clearly defined, documented and established for the relevant forest area. Likewise, legal, customary and traditional rights related to the forest land shall be clarified, recognised and respected . Forest management activities shall be conducted in recognition of the established framework of legal, customary and traditional rights , which shall not be infringed upon without the free, prior and informed consent of the holders of the rights , including the provision of compensation where applicable. Where the extent of rights is not yet resolved or is in dispute there are processes for just and fair resolution.   In such cases forest managers shall, in the interim, provide meaningful opportunities for parties to be engaged in forest management decisions whilst respecting the processes and roles and responsibilities laid out in the policies and laws where the certification takes place.
  • 31. Training and competency (6.2b) Forest managers, contractors, employees and forest owners shall be provided with sufficient information and encouraged to keep up to date through continuous training in relation to sustainable forest management as precondition for all management planning and practices tasks described in this standard.
  • 32. Save working condition (6.2b) Working conditions shall be safe , and guidance and training in safe working practice shall be provided. Forest management shall comply with ILO conventions No. 155, 161 and 184. Alternative proposal: Forestry work shall be planned, organised and performed in a way that health and accident risks are identified and all reasonable measures are applied which protect workers from work related risks. Workers shall be informed about the risks involved with their work and about preventive measures. Working conditions shall be safe , and guidance and training in safe working practice shall be provided to all assigned in a task in forest operation.
  • 33. Compliance with legislation (7) Forest management shall comply with legislation applicable to forest management ; including forest management practices; nature and environment protection; protected and endangered species; property, tenure and land use rights for indigenous people; health, labour and safety issues; and the payment of royalties and taxes. Forest management shall provide for adequate protection of the forest from unauthorised activities such as illegal logging, illegal land use, illegally initiated fires, and other illegal activities.
  • 34. Appendix 1: interpretation for forest conversions
    • Applicable for standards developed specifically for “forest plantations”,
    • Provides interpretations for requirements of the core part,
    • Interpretation is mainly based on principle of compliance at the FMU rather than individual stand level.
  • 35. Questions and queries