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Global Challenges for Certification


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A presentation by Ben Gunneberg, the Secretary General of PEFC International, given at the May 2010 Stakeholder Dialogue held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Global Challenges for Certification

  1. 1. Global Challenges for Certification PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue Geneva 26 th May 2010 Ben Gunneberg PEFC Council Secretary General
  2. 2. Over last ten years: <ul><li>Increasing public and consumer awareness and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing involvement by governments at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of “ corporate social responsibility &quot; adopted – and implemented – by more and more companies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forest management has become a global procurement issue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The rise of issues such as climate change, social issues, biodiversity – and the potential contribution by forests especially in the tropics </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forest certification is now a solution provider </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>However…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenge 1: Expansion of Certification <ul><li>Only 8% of the world’s forests are certified – have we stalled? </li></ul><ul><li>Only 26% of the world’s industrial roundwood supply is certified – after almost 20 years of forest certification </li></ul><ul><li>66% of the total area certified to PEFC </li></ul>8% 26% 66%
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. <ul><li>Legislation and procurement policies as drivers for sustainable and legal timber stimulate demand for certified product and are welcomed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation (Lacey Act, Due Diligence Proposal EU) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bilateral Agreements – FLEGT; MoU China & Indonesia, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Procurement Policies (CPET, TPAC, ICLEI, EU Ecoflower etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Buildings initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible Purchasing Policies & Codes of Conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to ensure they remain drivers and do not become barriers </li></ul>Challenge 3: Securing Market Access
  6. 6. PEFC Standards Revision needs to ensure that: <ul><li>Meta standard requirements are flexible enough to be applicable to all national processes, </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting national certification requirements are feasible, realistic and cost-effective. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the right balance is the challenge </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dialogue Today <ul><li>Today we will present the results of a year’s work </li></ul><ul><li>We want to listen to your views and have discussions aimed at collectively enhancing everyones’ understanding of the issues </li></ul><ul><li>This Dialogue builds on the work of multi-stakeholder working groups, complemented by a series of workshops involving specialists, including NGOs, Indigenous peoples, procurement officials, labour unions, scientists and others. </li></ul>