National members (or "National Governing Bodies") are independent, national organizations established to develop and implement a PEFC system within their country.
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Argentine Forest Certification System (CERFOAR)
The Argentine Forest Certification System is a voluntary initiative of national stakeholders to establish forest certification requirements for both native forests and plantations. It was developed in a multi-stakeholder process with participation of representatives from every link in the value chain of forest-based products and other interested parties making up the entire forest sector in Argentina.
There are over 28 million hectares of natural forest in Argentina - covering a tenth of the country’s land area – but less than 1% of these forests are currently certified. With 80% of Argentina’s forests under private ownership, there was a clear need to develop a certification system that involved all stakeholders in the standard setting process, ensuring that it responded adequately to their various needs, while at the same time met globally accepted international requirements.
CERFOAR, a civil non-profit association, was formed in 2009 by the Argentine Forest Association (AFoA), the Argentine Federation of Wood Industry and Allied (FAIMA) and the Cellulose and Paper Manufacturers Association (AFCP) to manage the Argentine Forest Certification System.
- Osvaldo Vasallo - President
- Pedro Reyna - Vice President
- Florencia Chavat - Executive Secretary
CERFOAR - Argentine Forest Certification System
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