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SDG 17. STRENGTHEN THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND REVITALIZE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT


BY CHOOSING PEFC WOOD-BASED PRODUCTS
YOU SUPPORT A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AROUND SUSTAINABLE FORESTS MANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES, 750.000 FOREST OWNERS AND 20.000 COMPAGNIES

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A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the center, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.

Forests & Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships are integral to forest management on all levels. On an operational level, forest owners and community forest associations share experiences to deliver the highest standards of sustainability, silviculture, environmental practice, forest operations and workforce safety. On a political level, numerous partnerships and initiatives exist to promote sustainable forest management and to combat deforestation. This includes the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and Forest Europe, a collaborative partnership on forests – a voluntary arrangement among 14 international organisations and secretariats with substantial programs on forests. There is also the New York Declaration on Forests, a partnership of governments, multinational companies, civil society and indigenous peoples.

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #17

- PEFC is a partnership for the SDGs. We bring together 51 national members, more than 30 international stakeholder members, and thousands of actors locally. -


PEFC in itself is a partnership for the goals, an association that brings together more than 50 national forest certification systems and more than 30 international stakeholders. National certification systems themselves are multi-stakeholder partnerships with the objective of promoting sustainable forest management.

One of the most overlooked benefits of forest certification is the role of organisations such as PEFC as a facilitator: Our standard setting processes have been bringing together tens of thousands of stakeholders from governments, the private sector and civil society to agree on a common understanding of sustainable forest management at global and national levels.  Our bottom-up process ensures that local knowledge and priorities are considered in national standards, which in turn impact on international standard setting processes. 

PEFC sustainable forest management requirements bring together stakeholders impacted by forest management operations, requiring effective communication and consultation of forest managers with local communities, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders. An important part of PEFC’s work is delivered through projects and initiatives, undertaken in close cooperation with partners around the world. We use projects to build capacity, improve market conditions for certified products and develop solutions to further advance sustainable forest management.

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements