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Hungary becomes latest PEFC Member

Photo: PEFC
Photo: PEFC
Published by
Simon Matthis - 22 Jan 2016

PEFC International (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) recently announced that the Hungary has become the 41st national member joining the PEFC family.

“We have learned from experience that PEFC is much more than a just label that allows consumers to make ethical purchases. PEFC is a cleverly designed, robust technical framework. Perhaps even more importantly, PEFC is a community of friendly people who care about forests and care about our future. We are proud to become a member of this community,” said Endre Schiberna, Head of the Standard Setting Committee.

“Hungary is a perfect example of how the forestry sector can benefit from forest certification,” continued Mr. Schiberna. “While our forest related regulations are said to be among the most rigorous in Europe, the general public is unaware of this, even within the country. This means that Hungarian forest products are not favored by environmental-conscious consumers.”

“By becoming a PEFC member, and eventually a PEFC-endorsed forest certification system, our country’s forest owners, forestry companies and the forestry sector as a whole will be able to demonstrate their sustainable forest management practices to the public, in Hungary and beyond,” explained Mr. Schiberna.

Hungary is the first country whose membership can be traced back to seed funding provided through a PEFC Collaboration Fund project.