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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.

Who we are

Organizational Information

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.

Who's Who

  • Osvaldo Vasallo - President
  • Pedro Reyna - Vice President
  • Florencia Chavat - Executive Secretary

CERFOAR - Argentine Forest Certification System
Bartolome Mitre N° 1895
Piso 2 Oficina “C”
Buenos Aires

Florencia Chavat
Executive Secretary
Tel: +54 11 4931 0051

Key documentation

Endorsement milestones

To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.

  • National approval date: 10 June 2010
  • Review date: TBC*

* The review date is linked to the approval date of the revised Sustainable Forest Management standard PEFC ST 1003 (expected 14 November 2018). Once the revised standard has been approved, a review date will be set and the periodic review of the system must be started before this date.

System history

  • Joined PEFC: 12 November 2010
  • Endorsed: 29 July 2014