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69 million ha of forests worldwide currently have double FSC and PEFC certification

Friday, 9 June 2017

FSC and PEFC have agreed to jointly collect and publish data on double certification starting from the year 2016 onwards.

The agreement to provide for this data is motivated by the fact that certification is a global tool for the promotion of sustainable forest management, as reflected in the State of the World’s Forests by FAO, the Biodiversity Indicators Platform (reporting to the Convention for Biological Diversity) and, more currently, in reports about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

With this agreement, FSC and PEFC also wish to avoid misunderstandings about the current statistics on forest certification when the data from FSC and PEFC are added up.

Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC said: “Double certification is a common feature now in several countries, often in response to the existence of different market demands for certified material. FSC notes that any forest that is FSC certified, double or not, is implementing the FSC requirements, which is the most important result in light of our mission. This agreement changes nothing in the realities of FSC certification and how it compares to PEFC, but we will now be able to offer reliable figures on total certification to governments, researchers and other stakeholders.”

The exercise shows that in 2016 a total of 429 million ha of forests were certified globally. 46% of this has an FSC certificate. Double certification exists in 28 countries. There are no agreed figures for previous years, but FSC accepts estimates of double certification produced by PEFC that indicate 39 million ha were double certified in 2012 in 24 countries.

For further information, see joint FSC and PEFC statement

Contact: John Hontelez, Chief Advocacy Officer, j.hontelez@fsc.org


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