A little about the FSC and the PEFC

Though there are over 50 different certification programs across the globe all addressing lots of types of forests, the largest of these international certification programs are the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

In the early 90s the FSC introduced third-party forest certification and is the older of the two and also the fastest growing. The PEFC however is the larger of the two even though it is younger, when it comes to forest area they cover an approximate total of two thirds of the certified area.

The FSC

With most forests suffering from poor management, illegal exploitation or general degradation the FSC established itself in 1993. The FSC is an international non-profit organisation whose main objective is to encourage responsible forest management around the world.

The problems that the FSC tackle, be it directly or indirectly are things like global warming, deforestation and illegal logging and aim to have a positive effect on environmental conservation and economic development.

The use of the FSC logo shows that the wood used is from a responsible source and gives consumers the opportunity to give their support to responsible forestry.

The PEFC

Started in 1999, the idea of the PEFC is to be an umbrella organisation that would give independent endorsement, assessment and recognition for smaller or family forest owner’s specific requirements while at the same time complying with international requirements.

In 2004 Australia and Chile were the first non-European standards to get endorsed by the PEFC.

Now the globes biggest forest certification system, it is the certification of choice for the small forest owner.

Though there are over 50 different certification programs across the globe all addressing lots of types of forests, the largest of these international certification programs are the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

In the early 90s the FSC introduced third-party forest certification and is the older of the two and also the fastest growing. The PEFC however is the larger of the two even though it is younger, when it comes to forest area they cover an approximate total of two thirds of the certified area.

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