First forests in New Zealand achieve PEFC certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) informed that the first forests in New Zealand achieve PEFC certification. They represent over 400,000 hectares of forest – about 20% of New Zealand’s plantation forest estate.

The three forestry companies to achieve PEFC certification are RMS Forests Ltd., (the former Wellington Regional Council forests), Hancock Forest Management NZ Ltd., and Timberlands Ltd.

Two more forest management companies are in the process to be certified. In addition, 27 companies involved in forest products processing and other supply chain activities are PEFC Chain of Custody certified.


Dr. Andrew McEwen, NZFCA Chair, commented:

“It is really encouraging to see forest managers adopting PEFC on such a scale, so soon after we were able to bring it to New Zealand.

The New Zealand forest and wood products sector relies heavily on exports with around 70% of production being exported. Increasingly their main markets, particularly Australia, North America and Asia, are demanding third party certification as proof of legality of harvest and quality of forest management.

Most of the countries New Zealand exports to are now PEFC members and recognize PEFC certification as meeting their import requirements.”

PEFC certification became available in New Zealand in 2016. This followed the recognition of New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) as the PEFC national member for New Zealand in early 2015.

Earlier Bulgaria joined PEFC alliance.

Source: PEFC / Woodbizforum