From left to right, Ben Gunneberg, chief executive and secretary general of PEFC, PEFC chairman Peter Latham, PEFC vice-chairman Sheam Satkuru Ganzella and IFCC chairman Dradjad WIbowo at a press conference in Kuta, Bali. (Photo courtesy of IFCC)
Kuta, Bali. Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation, or IFCC, a national governing body of the world's largest forest certification system — the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or PEFC, is developing a new community forest certification scheme to improve certification rate for sustainable forestry practices in the country.
Product certification from IFCC and PEFC is voluntary but will help companies that manufacture, process, trade or sell timber or timber-based products gain access to the global market, as it guarantees that the products are responsibly sourced and traceable.
The certification scheme has 46 national governing bodies around the world.
Currently, more than 300 million hectares of forests are certified to PEFC's internationally recognized sustainability benchmarks, supplying more than 18,000 chain-of-custody-certified companies globally with responsibly sourced timber and timber-based products.