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Analysis of the PEFC system for forest management certification using the forest certification assessment guide (FCAG)

In this study the international PEFC system was evaluated on the basis of the Forest Certification Assessment Guide (FCAG). The analysis takes into account the recent decisions from the PEFC General Assembly in November 2010. The results are compared to a similar evaluation of PEFC carried out for WWF in 2008. The international PEFC system was substantially modified with the changes introduced in 2010. Most importantly, the international standard for forest management which forms the basis for national PEFC standards is now set by PEFC itself and is no longer derived from political processes for defining criteria and indicators for forest management. This also leads to an approach which is now in line with the underlying concept for responsible forest management as defined by the principles in the FCAG.
Type of Case
Printed publication (book, sourcebook, journal article…)

Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function