Hungary is the latest country to join PEFC International as its 41st national member.
“We are proud to become a member of this community,” said Endre Schiberna, Head of the Standard Setting Committee. “Hungary is a perfect example of how the forestry sector can benefit from forest certification. While our forest related regulations are said to be among the most rigorous in Europe, the general public is unaware of this, even within the country. This means that Hungarian forest products are not favored by environmental-conscious consumers.”
Mr Schiberna added that as the development of the Hungarian national forest certification system is now approaching the final stages, the country can move closer to submitting the system to PEFC for endorsement.
“It is fantastic to welcome Hungary as the latest member of the PEFC alliance,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, following the announcement. “Through our Collaboration Fund, we have been providing financial and technical support for the development of the Hungarian national forest certification system, so it is wonderful to see the country take an important step towards PEFC endorsement by becoming a PEFC member.”
PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system.
Source: PEFC/ Edited by Panels & Furniture Asia