PEFC UK has launched a new certification system designed to enable small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.Forest Cert System Picmedium.
The new online forest certification 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. The new tool is designed 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.
While PEFC forest certification has been established in the UK for five years, it has long been recognized that a cost-effective certification solution was required to enable smaller woodland owners to participate in certification. 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.