Forests area: 300 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 18,800
PEFC UK in conjunction with Dutch consultant Evan Buytendijk BV, have developed a new online certification system which is designed to assist small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.
The new system aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s small and medium-sized private forest owners to become PEFC-certified. It has been developed with assistance from the PEFC International Collaboration Fund, to help increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers.
Certified materials are now increasingly requested by a growing number of forest product users including retailers, the construction sector, energy suppliers and a growing number of consumers
More than one million hectares of UK forests have been certified to PEFC’s sustainable forest management standard since 2010. This covers all the Forestry Commission forests in England, Scotland and Wales and 500 privately owned forest estates, including a number in Northern Ireland, managed through the Scottish Woodlands and UPM Tilhill forest Group Certification schemes. However, it has long been recognized that a cost-effective certification solution is required to enable smaller woodland owners to participate in certification
PEFC UK are confident that this online forest certification system will act as an aid, in particular, to Group Certification managers, to enable these schemes to function more efficiently, reduce costs and become a user-friendly means of assessing the compatibility of existing forest management plans with those required by UKWAS, and provide more consistent audits via a series of easy to follow online checklists.
“Forestry in the UK is entering an interesting phase,” said Alun Watkins, who heads up PEFC in the UK. “There is an ever-growing focus on home-grown material and the future will see large amounts of UK material entering the supply chain to fuel products such as new innovative engineered material and the biomass sector. It is really important that forest owners of all sizes seek to become certified as the market is now demanding responsible sourcing as the norm."
Forestry Certification System Tool
Forest owners or Group Scheme managers wishing to learn more about the on-line tool should contact Alun Watkins on 0114 3072334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PEFC Sustainable Forest Management - our brochure giving further information regarding the online tool.