“What we can see is that the certified companies have plans and procedures, active monitoring and suppression ongoing to limit the extent of fire and ultimately protect the forests,” said Sarah Price, Head of Projects & Development, PEFC International, at a workshop in Singapore discussing the contribution of sustainable forest management to a greener environment, held on 11 November.

With fires ongoing in Indonesia, the event explored how responsible forestry and forest certification can support progress towards a haze-free future, how stakeholders can be better engaged and involved, and how to best empower consumers to choose certified products. Co-organized by the Global Compact Network Singapore, PEFC International and the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), the special Sharing and Networking seminar also welcomed speakers from the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and regional paper distributor, Spicers.

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the world’s largest forest certification system.

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