Beginners Guide to Third-Party Forest Certification: PEFC

Lead Author: Kathryn Fernholz

Publish date: 11.19.2004


Shining a Light on the PEFC


Forest certification is truly a global activity with certification systems found in virtually every forested country, from Australia to Zambia. Previous Dovetail reports have explored the two programs that are most widely applied in the United States, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). This report explores the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), which is an approach to mutual recognition of national forest certification programs. The PEFC originated as the “Pan European Forest Certification System” but recently changed its name and expanded its membership to include countries outside of Europe.