Forests are among the most biodiverse and valuable terrestrial ecosystems on the planet. Yet forests also provide livelihoods to hundreds of millions of people, and timber is among the most sustainable resource available to society.
Sustainable forest management strives to balance environmental, societal and economic needs and to enhance the overall value that forests offer to society. Forest certification is a voluntary, market-based mechanism promoting the sustainable management of our world's forests.
PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system and the certification system of choice for small forest owners. Our credible standards seek to transform the way forests are managed globally – and locally - to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.
PEFC finances its work at international level almost entirely from membership fees, and your support is an important contribution to the long-term sustainability of our forests. As a registered not-for-profit organization, we gladly accept donations from individuals, foundations, and organizations.