Public Consultation: Myanmar forest certification system
17 August 2021 PEFC system news
Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give their feedback on the Myanmar Forest Certification Scheme. Deadline for comments is 14 October. Give your feedback now!
This is the first time the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC), the PEFC national member for Myanmar, has applied for PEFC endorsement of the country’s national forest certification system.
The system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this process and be approved by the PEFC General Assembly before it can achieve endorsement.
An important aspect of the assessment process is the public consultation. Over the sixty-day consultation, stakeholders from around the world can give their comments and provide feedback on any aspect of the system. The Registered Assessor will use the information received from this consultation in their assessment of the system.
Need more information?
To provide you with additional information about this national system, we held a webinar on 16 August, at 10:00 CET. Watch the recording:
PEFC in Myanmar
MFCC joined the PEFC alliance in May 2019, alongside Vietnam. They have since dedicated their time to developing and finalizing the country’s national forest certification system.
Developing national standards
The nationally driven development of forest certification systems is at the heart of PEFC’s success. It helps to ensure the long-term commitment of all stakeholders, and particularly those responsible for implementing the requirements. This is because they are not simply following the requirements, but also helped develop them.
The national forest management standard is an influential standard, as it sets out the requirements that forest owners and managers must meet to achieve PEFC certification. This means the standard must be developed carefully, ensuring all relevant stakeholders are involved. We therefore set out strict requirements covering both the content of the standard and its development process.