AFS certification system celebrated in Switzerland


AUSTRALIAN Forestry Standard Ltd CEO Simon Dorries accepted the certificate of re-endorsement of the national forestry standard certification system from PEFC chairman Bill Sweet at the PEFC General Assembly in Switzerland last week. PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg took part in the ceremony held during the PEFC meeting of more than 150 representative of member countries and stakeholders and supporters in Montreux on Lake Geneva on December 10. “The Australian system has been extended by PEFC for another five years, which confirms that the Australian Forest Certification Scheme continues to meet PEFC's globally-recognised sustainability benchmarks,” Mr Dorries said. “It also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in Australia continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC.” Re-endorsement of the scheme is significant – Australia becomes the first non-European country to be recognised by PEFC. Since then, more than 10 million ha of forest has been certified in Australia. AFS Ltd is hosting an industry dinner in Melbourne on March 21 – the UN International Day of Forests – to be addressed by PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg who will be in Australia visiting AFS stakeholders. Dinner inquiries to 07 3262 3001 or mobile 0401 312 087.

• PEFC chairman Bill Street presents the official certificate of re-endorsement to Simon Dorries, CEO, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, while PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg (left) looks on.