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SDG 6. ENSURE AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS 
YOU ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF WATER FOR EVERYBODY ACROSS THE WORLD

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Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.


Forests & Clean Water and sanitation

75% of our freshwater comes from forest watershed areas1

Water security depends on forests. Yet because of the complex nature of forests, the ecosystem services they provide are often misunderstood, undervalued, and therefore overlooked. Forests and trees play a major role in the global water cycle. By regulating the flow of water in streams and rivers, contributing to the quantity and quality of groundwater and contributing to cloud generation and precipitation they generate water and contribute to stabilize the climate.


PEFC’s contribution to SDG #6

- PEFC's sustainable forest management standard mandates best management practices relating to water quality and soil -


PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management benchmark is dedicated to the protective functions of forests, including water and soil contributing therefore to sustainable water management.

In PEFC-certified forests, these protective functions, including flood prevention and water purification must be mapped, and forest management plans and operations must ensure that they are maintained and enhanced. Special care must be given to forestry operations in areas where operations might lead to excessive erosion of soil into watercourses. In addition, PEFC certification requires that special care shall be given to forestry operations in forest areas with water protection functions, such as watersheds, to avoid adverse effects on the quality and quantity of water resources.


PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #6:

8.5 Maintenance or appropriate enhancement of protective functions in forest management (notably soil and water

8.5.1 The standard requires that protective functions of forests for society, such as their potential role in erosion control, flood prevention, water purification, climate regulation, carbon sequestration and other regulating or supporting ecosystem services shall be maintained or enhanced.

8.5.2 The standard requires that areas that fulfil specific and recognized protective functions for society shall be mapped, and forest management plans and operations shall ensure the maintenance or enhancement of these functions.

8.5.3 The standard requires that special care shall be given to forestry operations on sensitive soils and erosion-prone areas as well as in areas where operations might lead to excessive erosion of soil into watercourses. Techniques applied and the machinery used shall be suitable for such areas. Special measures shall be taken to minimize the pressure of animal populations on these areas.

8.5.4 The standard requires that special care shall be given to forestry operations in forest areas with water protection functions to avoid adverse effects on the quality and quantity of water resources. Inappropriate use of chemicals or other harmful substances or inappropriate silvicultural practices influencing water quality in a harmful way shall be avoided. Downstream water balance and water quality shall not be significantly affected by the operations.

8.5.5 The standard requires that construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure shall be carried out in a manner that minimizes bare soil exposure, avoids the introduction of soil into watercourses and preserves the natural level and function of water courses and river beds. Proper road drainage facilities shall be installed and maintained.

 

[1] UN: Global forest Goals and Targets of the UN strategic Plan for forest by 2030 booklet

 

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