National members

Our national members are independent, national organizations that develop and run the national forest certification system in their country. 

Council for Sustainable Forest Management and Certification in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Forest Certification Scheme achieved PEFC endorsement on 25 October 2019. The latest system is currently under assessment.

2017 system documentation

Bulgarian assessment report 3.24 MB
Bulgarian sustainable forest management standard 179.49 KB
Bulgarian full system documentation 3.83 MB

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: 15 September 2017 
  • Review date: 15 September 2022

2024 system assessment

  • Status: Public consultation opening soon, assessment ongoing 
  • Type: Revised system
  • System submitted for assessment: 6 April 2024
  • Webinar: 9:00 CEST, 28 May - register for the webinar
  • Consultation: 28 May - 27 July 2024
  • Assessor: to be announced

System history

  • Endorsed: 25 October 2019
  • Joined PEFC: 31 May 2017

Council for Sustainable Forest Management and Certification in Bulgaria

History before PEFC 

Antony Stefanov - Chairman

On February 18, 2011 PEFC Bulgaria was established as a non-profit association "PI-EF-CI-BULGARIA-UNION FOR SUPPORT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION". This working group drafted a scheme with criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of forests in Bulgaria, according to the PEFC Council framework criteria. The following procedure was let by PEFC International and included a public consultation.

In 2017, the statute was changed, which included the change of the name of the organization to “Council for Sustainable Forest Management and certification in Bulgaria” (CSFMCB or PEFC Bulgaria).

The leading member organizations/institutions in the Council are represented by:

  • BULPROFOR – Branch organization of the foresters and forest entrepreneurs in Bulgaria;
  • Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry;
  • Forest Institute in Bulgarian Academy of Science;
  • Forestry University;
  • National association of non-state forest owners “GOROVLADELETZ”
  • NATURA-21 Foundation;

The Statute of the Council provides an open space for the stakeholders in forestry to apply for the membership in the organization.

The CSFMCB is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established as a National Governing Body for promotion of sustainable forest management according to the requirements of PEFC.

What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?

PEFC certification is more flexible than other certifications and respects equally ecological and environmental functions of forests and their social and economic functions. PEFC certification is oriented towards the needs of the forest owners and is open to innovative approaches to certification and monitoring of management. PEFC certification is business-oriented and brings together forest owners and forest-related organizations.


Council for Sustainable Forest Management and Certification in Bulgaria
64 str. Pirotska
1303 Sofia

Tel.: +359 888 383 654
        +359 2 986 6781

The Team

Antony Stefanov 

Ivan Savov
Vice Chairman

Sotir Glushkov
Member of MB

Kalin Karamfilov
Chair of the WG

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