The Pan African Forest Certification (PAFC) Congo Basin regional system achieved PEFC endorsement* on 9 December 2021. PAFC Gabon is part of this regional system, along with PAFC Congo and PAFC Cameroon.
2020 regional system documentation**
2020/21 system assessment (regional system)
- Status: System endorsed, awaiting field visit by assessor (deadline 9 June 2023)
- Type: Endorsement of a new system
- Assessor: Form international
- System submitted for assessment: 22 December 2020
- Consultation: 1 February - 1 April 2021
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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: 28 November 2020
- Review date: 28 November 2025
- Regional system endorsed (replacing national system): 9 December 2021*
- National system re-endorsed: 12 November 2014
- National system endorsed: 24 April 2009
- Joined PEFC: 14 December 2004
* Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the mandatory field visit could not be conducted. The assessor will verify the findings of the endorsement through a field visit by 9 June 2023.
** The full system documentation, including the regional sustainable forest management standard, will be published following corrections to the non-conformities.
History before PEFC
The Pan African Forest Certification (PAFC) is the Gabonese system for the certification of good forest management and wood and forest products traceability from sustainably managed forests. This certification system was developed and is managed by the PAFC Gabon NGO, created in October 2004. The same year, PAFC Gabon became the first African member of the PEFC alliance.
Developed in 2005 by PAFC Gabon with the support of national and international experts, the Gabonese forest certification system is a document defining the standards adopted for the certification of forests and products from Gabon's sustainably managed forests. The national system was recognized by PEFC in 2009.
What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?
Being part of the PEFC alliance allows PAFC certification system and Gabonese forest products to have international recognition.