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Expanding Knowledge

PEFC is able to draw on a wide network of experts with theoretical and practical knowledge of sustainable forest management and related issues. pro-capacity

However, we are continually seeking to improve our knowledge base and performance. To this end, we are engaged in a range of activities intended to

  • raise awareness of certification,
  • build capacity to achieve certification,
  • contribute to research and new scientific knowledge,
  • encourage improved cooperation, and
  • enable a better understanding of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage embodied by forests to promote their sustainable management and certification.

A few projects at a glance…

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Smallholder Group Certification Project

The promotion of certification in those areas where it is less widespread, but where the sustainable management of forests has taken on increasing urgency in light of efforts to combat climate change and alleviate poverty. Following the first phase in Europe, this project is now focusing on the establishment of enabling conditions that could expand certification amongst landholders in other parts of the world, with pilot projects currently underway in Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Life Cycle Assessment

Forest certification is a mechanism to offer traceability and assurances that forest-based products are derived from forests under sustainable management. Life cycle assessment (LCA) on the other hand, is an approach to evaluate the environmental impacts of a product throughout its life cycle. This project sought to bridge the gap between these two commonly utilized sustainability approaches to ensure certified fiber sourcing can be better integrated into the scope of a product LCA.

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The future of forest work and communities

Around the world, forest communities and forest-based livelihoods face an existential challenge: young people are leaving rural areas in large numbers. This project will generate new and innovative approaches to engage youth in forestry. It will connect researchers, professional practitioners and young people from forest communities to exchange and co-create knowledge about forest communities and forest work. This knowledge will be used to identify research, policy actions and projects that support youth in these communities and their forest based livelihoods.

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Increasing Sustainability of European Forests (ISEFOR)

While European forests are of immense importance to people, the environment and the economy; they are, however, under unprecedented threat from several sources, such as climate change and increased global trade. The ISEFOR project looked to address the problems arising from these threats through a range of research initiatives, including the development of databases of invasive alien pests and pathogens and improved methods of detecting these pests and pathogens.

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Generating New Knowledge on Carbon Stocks in Managed Tropical Forests

While little is known about the effect of timber extraction on carbon stocks and timber recovery in tropical forests, this knowledge is vital for the efficient sustainable management of these forests. This project will generate new knowledge on the long-term impacts of timber extraction on both carbon stocks and timber recovery in the humid tropics.

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PEFC Certified

Forests area: 309 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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