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Double Certification FSC and PEFC – estimation end 2016

Foresters in different parts of the world have chosen to use both FSC and PEFC certification for their forest management units to provide evidence for their sustainable forest management practices.

From a statistical point of view, this means that their respective certified forest area appears in both the PEFC as well as in the FSC statistics. This poses a challenge for the calculation for total national certified area in several countries as well as for the calculation of the total global certified area, as adding up FSC and PEFC certified forest area leads to inflated figures. PEFC and FSC have therefore decided to work together to provide a more accurate, mutually agreed estimate for the total global certified area.

At the end of 2016, FSC reported a total certified area of 196 million hectares and PEFC of 301 million hectares, for a combined total global area of 497 million hectares.

Based on our joint research, PEFC and FSC conclude that at the end of 2016, almost 69 million hectares (or 16%) of global forest area are double certified, and the total global certified area in fact is 429 million ha. Double certification exists currently in 28 countries

This document provides PEFC and FSC agreed estimates for double certified forest area in 2016 by country.

More information:

Estimated total global double certified area FSC/PEFC (end 2016) (216.69 kB)