Forests as a gift and a mandate from God Almighty, has a very diverse functions (multi-function), either ecological, economic, nor social and cultural. Forests provide benefits to mankind not only locally, but also nationally, regionally and even globally. The benefits derived from a variety of forest products, such as wood, forest products, biodiversity, non-biological forest products, services derived from forests, also the goods and services derived from the forest products.
Forest management shall be contucted sustainably in order to provide benefits to mankind, both for the today and future generations. Thus, the forest as a natural resource shall be able to provide ecological, economic and social cultural benefits in sustainable, optimal, and balance manners. The sustainable forest management is also a mandate of the Act of the Republic of Indonesia Number 41 of 1999 on Forestry.
To encourage sustainable forest management, it is necessary to build a certification system which allows stakeholders to assess the progress in achieving sustainable forest management. This system needs to be established with an objective benchmark according to the local, national and global conditions and requirements. Further, the system needs to be developed in a spirit of cooperation, togetherness without involving a negative campaign and various other forms of coercion and unfair pressure from one party to the another party. Those things have motivated the parties to establish a Forestry Certification Cooperation namely the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC).
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Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) is a not for profit organization that establish, own, and develop a scheme of sustainable forest management and chain of custody.
IFCC was established on September 9th, 2011, which its objective is to promote and increase sustainable forest management (SFM) through the implementation of forestry certification by adopting the Programme for The Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme, which includes among others, but not limited to, certification of forest management, forest products, forest product-processing industries and the chain of custody.
IFCC organization consists of a General Meeting of Members (RUA), the Governing Board, and Board of Supervisors. Board as the implementing organ of IFCC management, currently consists of one Chairman, one General Secretary and one Treasurer.
IFCC is a council or a person who has fulfilled the requirements of members in accordance with AD / ART of IFCC association. At the beginning of establishment, IFCC member consists of 15 members (4 Business Caucus members, and 11 members of the Civil Society Caucus). Currently IFCC has 48 members consist of 21 Business Caucus members and 27 members of the Civil Society Caucus.