The Republic of Korea is the latest country to have become part of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
“We are very happy and proud to officially become part of the PEFC family,” said Hyemi Lee, from the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute (KoFPI), following the acceptance of Republic of Korea as a PEFC National member.
“We faced many difficulties during the development of our Korea Forest Certification Scheme, therefore the help and support we received for the whole PEFC alliance has been invaluable.”
Forest certification has been present in the Republic of Korea for the last few years but current models are not suited to the country’s national standard thus the motivation to develop a national forest certification system in line with PEFC’s international requirements.
“We appreciate the opportunity to support Korea in the development of their national forest certification system,” said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International CEO. “One of the great strengths of PEFC is the high level of adaptability of national standards to local conditions.”
“PEFC members around the world have accumulated a wealth of experience working with people on the ground to establish sustainable forest management requirements responding to their needs while responding to international expectations, and we’re looking forward to sharing knowledge with KoFPI,” Mr. Gunneberg continued.