China joins PEFC

At Ligna we were really interested to hear earlier this month that China’s state forestry certification scheme – China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) – has made a successful application to join PEFC.  What does this mean?  Well, it doesn’t mean that CFCC is endorsed by PEFC.  It is more an indication that Chinese forests are aiming for PEFC endorsement.  Ahead of endorsement, the CFCC must demonstrate that it meets all of PEFC’s principles of Sustainable Forest Management (more than 200!) and go through a lengthy assessment task involving extensive stakeholder consultation. But, it is a positive step.  China is one of the biggest players in the global forest products industry – if not the biggest;  witnessing CFCC taking progressive steps to PEFC endorsement makes a bold statement of support for wood products originating from legal, sustainable, certified forests.

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