European forest certification scheme expands
Eight national forest certification schemes joined the ruling council of sustainable forestry certification umbrella PEFC on Friday, bringing to 26 the total number that could participate in the organisation's mutual recognition process. As well as Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Slovak Republic the new members include Australia, Brazil, Chile and Malaysia, marking a significant step towards global reach for the originally European organisation. At its general assembly the PEFC council also approved revised procedures for aligning national standards with PEFC guidelines. See PEFC press releases on new members and procedures.