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SDG 4. ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS 
YOU CONTRIBUTE TO BRING TRAINING & EDUCATION TO FOREST WORKERS & AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

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Education is crucial to improving people’s lives and sustainable development and are key to allowing many other SDGs to be achieved. When people have access to a quality education, they can break from the cycle of poverty, help to reduce inequalities, promote gender equality and are empowered to live healthier and more sustainable lives. Education and capacity building can also provide technical skills and knowledge on agroforestry, bioenergy and forest management.

 

Forests & Quality Education

It is important to communicate to society at large, and younger generations in particular, the importance of the forestry and forest-based industries, while showcasing their innovative and sustainable character. This includes knowledge of and awareness about the role of forest and wood products in carbon storage. Education is also about the appreciation of cultural diversity and contribution to sustainable development.

 

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #4

- PEFC certification contains a range of requirements to improve the capacity and understanding of forest workers and affected communities -


PEFC contributes to education and capacity building on all levels, from forest management to the supply chain to consumers all over the world.

PEFC certification contains a range of requirements to improve the capacity and understanding of forest workers and affected communities. PEFC requires continuous training in relation to sustainable forest management to forest managers, contractors, employees and forest owners. Training and capacity building are also integral to our requirement that sound economic performance shall be pursued, taking into account possibilities for new markets and economic activities in connection with all relevant goods and services of forests. PEFC contributes to research activities and data collection needed for sustainable forest management and supports relevant research activities carried out by other organisations.

 

PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #4:

6.3.4.2 Health, safety and working conditions:
Working conditions shall be safe, and guidance and training in safe working practices shall be provided to all those assigned to a task in forest operations.

7.2.1 Competence:
The standard requires that forest managers, contractors, employees and forest owners shall be provided with sufficient information and required to keep up-to-date through continuous training in relation to sustainable forest management as a precondition for all management planning and practices described in this benchmark.

8.6 Maintenance or appropriate enhancement of socio-economic functions and conditions:
8.6.6 Management shall give due regard to the role of forestry in local economies. Special consideration shall be given to new opportunities for training and employment of local people, including indigenous peoples.

8.6.7 Forest management shall contribute to research activities and data collection needed for sustainable forest management or support relevant research activities carried out by other organisations, as appropriate.

 

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements