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Public consultation for new Indonesian community forest requirements

Published on 18 October 2017

Community forests play an important role within Indonesia. Covering just 2.3 million hectares, these forests support the livelihoods of more than 3.4 million households.

The Indonesian national forest certification system achieved PEFC endorsement in 2014, and since then, more than 3 million hectares of forest have become PEFC certified. However, while uptake of forest certification has been successful among large companies, it has yet to take hold in the country’s community forests.

To make certification more accessible to the community forests, the Indonesian Forest Certification Cooperation (IFCC), supported by the 2015 PEFC Collaboration Fund, GIZ, and others, has developed new requirements for community forest management certification.

PEFC endorsement process

These new requirements have now been submitted to PEFC for endorsement, and as part of the process, are going through a 60-day global public consultation. We now seek comments and feedback from all interested parties to ensure full compliance of the new requirements with our Sustainability Benchmarks.

All comments received during the global public consultation will provide valuable information for the third-party assessor in determining whether the requirements comply with our international requirements.

We need your comments!

All stakeholders are invited to use PEFC's Online Consultation Tool to provide comments on the IFCC Sustainable Community Forest Management Certification – Requirements by 20 November 2017.