Practicing continuous improvement: The evolution of PEFC standards

Responsible Wood has scanned the world for positive stories about forest certification. In this, PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg speaks about the development of the PEFC standards, and why it is so important to adapt national forest management standards to local conditions… PEFC International develops sustainability benchmarks that are applicable globally. Yet the real work is done by local stakeholders, who…

‘Essential’ AS / NZS 4708 project zooms ahead…

‘Business as usual’ as the AS / NZS 4708 Standards Reference Committee work towards Trans-Tasman Sustainable Forest Management Standard. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing has emerged as an important platform for businesses and communities to connect.  Indeed, Australian and New Zealand representatives are ‘zooming in’ to continue essential standard development work.   Meeting on a weekly basis, and with representatives…

COVID-19: Updated guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 22/04/2020 Responsible Wood, the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia, has published the following statement from PEFC International. To support certified entities and certification bodies during the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we have produced guidance regarding auditing (chain of custody and sustainable forest management), and the transition to the 2020 standards. As the COVID-19 situation continues…

PEFC New Zealand website goes live

PEFC in New Zealand has a new online home with the announcement by the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) of a new website promoting PEFC forest certification for New Zealanders… The new website will keep New Zealanders abreast with all things PEFC and will feature important stories that are relevant to New Zealand.  Reflecting on the new website, NZFCA…

Sustainable Forest Management and the Eastern Brown kiwi

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 13/03/2020 The kiwi is New Zealand’s unmistakeable national icon – a bird cherished by all New Zealand cultures and especially treasured by Māori… Two hundred years ago, an estimated 12 million kiwi roamed New Zealand’s forests and the night air echoed with their distinguishable calls. Today, the kiwi is under threat with the population now numbering…

A lodge like no other…

AHURIRI VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND – 28/02/2020 Introducing The Lindis, New Zealand’s very own slice of heaven… Set in the majestic Ahuriri Valley in the New Zealand’s South Island, the lodge blends so perfectly with the surrounds that you’d be forgiven for missing it. A five-bedroom masterpiece the site is exposed to an extreme climate range from plus 35 degrees in…