PEFC to extend Russian and Belarusian conflict timber “indefinitely”

All timber originating from Russia and Belarus are considered ‘conflict timber’

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has clarified that the validity of the conflict timber clarification has been extended indefinitely and will be regularly monitored by the PEFC International Board.

The conflict timber classification was first implemented in March 2022 as a response to the Russia government’s and President Putin’s “military aggression” against Ukraine, which is in “direct opposition” to the PEFC’s values.

This meant that all timber originating from Russia and Belarus were, and have been, considered ‘conflict timber’ and could not be used in PEFC-certified products.