2016 was a milestone year for PEFC, with six new national members joining the alliance as well as the start of the organisation’s standards revision process.
“So much happened at PEFC in 2016, it is hard to know where to start,” Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, said as he launched the 2016 PEFC Annual Review.
He also added that the continuing successes of PEFC’s international projects and the work done to empower PEFC members were key highlights of the year.
The Annual Review takes a look at PEFC’s international projects, tracking collaborations and partnerships all over the world that support the development of national forest certification systems, innovative new methods to get more trees certified, and work with smallholders.
A few highlights of the newly released 2016 PEFC Annual Review include Ghana, Hungary, Macedonia, the Republic of Korea, Romania, and Thailand joining PEFC, an unprecedented number only matched by the digits found in PEFC’s early years. These new members are now part of an extensive network of organisations, and many of their recent activities can be found in the Annual Review.
2016 also saw the launch of the revision process for the PEFC Sustainability Benchmarks; the standards that form the basis for almost all of PEFC’s activities, from endorsing national systems to providing certification solutions. Launching the revision process will take more than two years, affect most of the PEFC standards, and involve hundreds of experts and thousands of stakeholders.
Lastly, 2016 was the year in which 300 million hectares of PEFC-certified forests was achieved.