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PEFC Standards Revision

Sustainable Forest Management

What's the standard about?

This standard lays out the international requirements for sustainable forest management.

It is these requirements that must be reflected in the national forest management standards submitted for PEFC endorsement. They constitute requirements for owners or managers applying for forest certification, as well as contractors and other operators operating in certified forests.

What's the latest news?

WG1 met for a fifth time in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21-23 March 2018 to discuss the fourth working draft of PEFC’s revised Sustainable Forest Management benchmark requirements.

WG1 March 2018

The WG discussed several topics, including conversions, plantations and land use change, as well as Trees outside Forests.

It was agreed that the revised standard is ready to go for public consultation. Information regarding the consultation will be announced shortly. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

The WG will meet for a sixth time in July 2018. The revised standard is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018.

The Task Forces

In order to provide more detailed input on specific topics, three Tasks Forces have been working on conversions, trees outside forests and non-wood forest products.

The objectives of the Task Forces were:


  1. To further develop PEFC’s approach for the handling of conversions
  2. To identify options for requirements in the standard
  3. To develop a recommendation for WG 1

Trees outside forests (ToF)

  1. To identify and evaluate options for PEFC ToF/Agroforestry certification
  2. To link the PEFC ToF/Agroforestry certification with the PEFC SFM standard (Appendix)
  3. To introduce options and to give a recommendation to WG 1

Non-wood forest products (NWFP) and ecosystem services

  1. To identify and evaluate options for better highlighting NWFP in PEFC’s certification process
  2. To evaluate options for incorporation of ecosystem services in PEFC certification
  3. To introduce options and to give a recommendation to WG 1

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 1 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 1 was been building consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

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To ensure that no single concerned interest can dominate the process, the WG has balanced representation of interested stakeholders, including geographical representation, and a consensus-driven decision making process.

The timeline

Here you can find the timeline for the revision of this standard. The next stage is in bold:

  • January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
  • May 2016: First WG meeting
  • October 2016: Second WG meeting
  • March 2017: Third WG meeting
  • September 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • March 2018: Fifth WG meeting
  • April 2017: Public consultation


There are several ways to get involved in the Standards Revision process:

Public Consultations
Provide input into the enquiry drafts through our public consultations.

Expert Forum
The deliberations of the Working Groups will be informed by two online Expert Forums for SFM and for CoC.
Join the SFM Forum
Join the CoC Forum

Revision Newsletter
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Working Groups
The most powerful institution in the process: members are responsible for the core of the revision work.

Stakeholder Conference
Join us to discuss the revision work face-to-face and provide your input.