The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) informed that India has become the latest country to achieve the PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system.
“PEFC endorsement is a landmark achievement for India, as we have long felt the need for such a country specific and internationally benchmarked forest certification system.
The newly endorsed national system will allow Indian forest managers to further strengthen their sustainable forest management practices, in line with global standards and multilateral requirements. “Vijai Sharma, Chairman of The Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF)
NCCF joined the PEFC alliance in 2015 and submitted the national system to PEFC for endorsement in 2017. The system was developed through a multi-stakeholder group including forestry professionals, representatives from government, forest corporations, conservation organisations and industry bodies.