RMK applying for the PEFC sustainable forest management certificate 05.06
RMK, manager of Estonia’s state forests, has embarked on the process of applying for the international PEFC sustainable forest management certificate. The certificate is an endorsement that the forest is being managed in an ecologically, socially and economically balanced manner.
“Having the PEFC certificate would enable Estonian timber processors to export their output to markets where products with the said environmental label are highly sought after,” said Tiit Timberg, a Member of RMK’s Management Board. According to Timberg, RMK has had the FSC sustainable forest management certificate since 2002, and all of the principal forest management processes currently meet the high requirements set therein. “Applying for the new certificate will involve, if needed, us improving our work processes in accordance with the PEFC requirements. FSC and PEFC are both widely recognised global trade marks, and which timber is preferred depends on the market.”
According to Tiit Timberg, forest management
and timber meeting the requirements of the PEFC certificate are valued, above
all, in the Nordic countries,
A preliminary audit for PEFC certification
will be conducted on 29-30 June, in RMK’s
Certification of the state forests in accordance with the internationally recognised Estonian PEFC forest standards will be carried out by AS Metrosert, to date the only company in
Certification will be carried out based on the Estonian Forest Certification Scheme
approved by PEFC in 2008 and the national forest standard that is part of it.
The latter defines 27 criteria describing the requirements for sustainable
forest management. Detailed information on PEFC certification is available on
PEFC is an international programme to support and promote forest certification, with national offices in 34 countries. To date, more than 220 million hectares of forest in the world have been certified to the requirements of PEFC, and the relevant certificates have been issued to 500 000 forest owners.
RMK is a profit-making state agency
established under the Forestry Act, aimed at the sustainable and efficient
management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises
forestry works and is engaged in the sale of forest and timber and the upkeep
of wild animals. In addition, RMK provides opportunities for hiking in nature
and resting in the forest at recreation areas, in
Further information:Tiit Timberg
Member, Management Board, RMK
Tel 676 7061, 504 5761