2007 will be remembered as a turning point for PEFC. The last 8 years have seen PEFC develop from a small regional scheme into the global leader in certified area and volume. It was fitting therefore that in 2007 the PEFC undertook a major strategic review.
Two years ago, PEFC had about 50 million hectares, now we are close to 200 million. The availability of certified wood has increased exponentially: 25% of the world’s industrial roundwood production is currently certified and about two thirds of all certified forests are certified to PEFC endorsed certification systems.
2005 was a very successful year for PEFC forest certification globally. PEFC-certified forest area reached 100 million hectares and continued to increase to more than 187 million hectares by the end of the year. Around 6% of the world’s forest area is now certified, accounting for over 20% of the global industrial roundwood production.