Sustainable forest management is so much more than just an environmental issue - read in the 2015 Annual Review how PEFC, the world's leading forest certification system, also addresses the social, economic and cultural dimensions of sustainability found at the core of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

2015 was the year the global community, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly and important climate change commitments at COP21 in Paris, made important progress towards addressing some of the world's most pressing problems. The PEFC Annual Review captures just a few of the activities by PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and its members in 2015. It demonstrates that sustainable forest management is much more than just an environmental issue. It equally addresses the environmental, social, economic and cultural dimensions of sustainability at the core of the 17 SDGs.

For PEFC, the SDGs help to better communicate the holistic nature of their work. They recognize the positive contributions of forests rather than treating them merely as a threatened natural resource that requires conservation. In fact, while sustainable forest management is directly referenced in SDG15: Life on Land, it is inherently part of most – if not all – of the SDGs.

Turn the pages of the 2015 PEFC Annual Review and see the bigger picture among the many activities undertaken by the PEFC family and partners all over the world!

About PEFC

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

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