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ifcc winners 2017With an increase of almost two million hectares of PEFC-certified forests in Indonesia over the past year, the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) took top prize for growth during our PEFC Forest Certification Week award ceremony.

“Without the tremendous support from everyone within the PEFC family and without the strong commitment and hard work from all members of the IFCC family, we would have never arrived at this proud state,” said Dradjad Wibowo, Chairman of IFCC.

“So, IFCC thanks everyone from the PEFC and IFCC families for this! Though we still face huge challenges, we are confident, that together we will prevail," Mr. Wibowo concluded.

In second place was PEFC Finland with an increase of 1.3 million hectares and PEFC Russia in third with 950,000 hectares.

“IFCC only achieved their first certified hectares at the end of 2015, so it’s fantastic to see them win first place just two years later,” said Ben Gunnenberg, CEO of PEFC International, following the ceremony.

“We should soon see even more certified hectares in Indonesia, but this time from community owned forests, as IFCC’s new requirements for community forest management certification come into force.”


Chain of Custody grows too

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We also award the top three members to grow their Chain of Custody certificates.

This year the honor went to Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC), our member in Japan, who added 117 Chain of Custody certificates. In second place was PEFC Spain, with PEFC Czech Republic in third.

“I would like to congratulate all our members who took home an award today. It is thanks to their, and everyone else within the PEFC alliance’s, continued work and dedication that PEFC continues to be the world’s leading forest certification system.”



Landscapes and Livelihoods: PEFC’s Stakeholder Dialogue set to navigate new terrain

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Join PEFC in Bali for the 2016 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue: two days dedicated to discussion, debate and exchange on how the forest sector and forest certification can better contribute to sustainable landscapes for sustainable livelihoods.

The dialogue will open with two distinguished experts providing diverse views on how to ‘bridge the gap’ and better achieve sustainability across forests, agriculture and food security.

Dr. Terry Sunderland, Principle Scientist at CIFOR, will start the day off as he shares his insights on how landscape approaches can provide a framework to reconcile competition between productive land-uses and environmental and development trade-offs.

He will go on to highlight new findings that underscore the importance of forests for many aspects of sustainable development, people’s nutrition among them.

PEFC Week 2016 - Invitation

Dear Colleague,

The vibrant backdrop of Bali, Indonesia will set the scene for the 2016 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue titled, ‘Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods:  harnessing the power of forest certification & sustainable supply chains.’

You are cordially invited to attend the two-day event which will take place on the 17 & 18 November 2016.

The dialogue will build clarity and vision on the role of forest certification, sustainable supply chains and stakeholders in catalyzing sustainable landscapes & livelihoods. The world needs more ambitious forest-based solutions. PEFC’s event will provoke exchange amongst participants on how sustainable forestry and forest certification can move beyond traditional boundaries to further accelerate sustainable development. It will challenge, motivate and inspire forest sector leadership in promoting sustainable landscapes where trees deliver maximum positive impacts to people and the environment.

Join PEFC’s event to:

  • share experience and showcase best practice on creating equitable, productive and healthy landscapes through sustainable supply chains;

  • build clarity around an expanded role for forest certification and the forest sector in catalyzing sustainable landscapes and livelihoods;

  • reflect and input into PEFC’s standards, scope and dimensionality in light of new knowledge, opportunities and expectations.

Get involved!

If you would like to attend the event, please register online before 12 October at  To access further information, including updates to the agenda, please refer regularly to the event website at

If your organization would like to host a Side Event or become an Event Sponsor, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +41 (0) 22 799 4540

We hope to see you in Indonesia!

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