PEFC: Opening doors for South African smallholders

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Nov 22 2018

South Africa has become the latest country to achieve PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system, which is great news for the country’s many small-forest owners.

“We are excited and energized to receive PEFC endorsement of our national system,” said Craig Norris, Chairman of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS).

“We have been working for five years to find solutions that will make forest certification accessible to the many smaller scale forestry operations within our country.”

While there are alternative forest certification systems in South Africa, large organizations own or manage most of the certified area. This led to a growing concern that small- and family forest owners were being left…

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