Bulgaria joined PEFC alliance

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) informed that Bulgaria had joined the PEFC alliance.

According to the announcement, a national sustainable forest management standard is currently being developed by a multi-stakeholder process. It is expected to undergo pilot testing and public consultation in 2017.

Antony Stefanov, from the Council for Sustainable Forest Management and Certification in Bulgaria, commented:

The benefit of PEFC is that we are responsible for the development of our own national forest certification system. This means we can ensure that our specific needs are taken into account, which is particularly important for our many small- and family-forest owners. 

The Bulgarian council will not only be responsible for managing the certification system, but also for providing comprehensive support to the country’s forest owners.”

The Council for Sustainable Forest Management and Certification in Bulgaria is also joined by PAFC-Congo and the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) as the latest members of the PEFC alliance. Currently, there are 49 PEFC national members around the world.

Earlier Austria and Romania started PEFC endorsement processes.

Source: PEFC / Woodbizforum