11 December 2014
PEFC’s endorsement of the Indonesian Forestry Certification Co-operation (IFCC) was marked at an event in Jakarta today.
Speaking at today’s event, PEFC International secretary-general Ben Gunneberg said the endorsement was a “turning point” for a country still struggling to combat high deforestation rates.
“Forest certification represents an important mechanism to verify and promote sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests provide,” said Mr Gunneberg.
“This is especially important in a country like Indonesia, given the significance of its forest resources, both in terms of protecting biodiversity and its contribution to supporting local livelihoods.”