Comments received from stakeholders during public consultations on the forest management certification standard of the PAFC Congo Basin scheme (PAFC CB)

The development process of the PAFC CB forest certification standard sparked enthusiasm among forest management stakeholders who provided more than 300 comments.

In the frame of the development process of the PAFC CB forest management certification standard validated on October 27  by the regional working group set up at the beginning of the process , two Public Consultations (PC) were organized.

 

The purpose of these PCs was to allow stakeholders not members of the working group (Forum) to participate and make their contributions to the development of the standard.

 

The first PC was open from December 13, 2019 to February 14, 2020 and the second one from May 22 to June 28, 2020.

The standard development process provided that each comment received:

  • is registered and reviewed by the technical team of the project;
  • is subject of a response
  • give rise to one or more proposals to modify/adjust the requirement concerned when justified
  • is submitted to the Forum for analysis, adoption, reformulation or rejection of the responses and proposed modifications made.

At the end of PC1, a teleconference was organized with the members of the Forum. Unfortunately, the quorum, required for decision making was not reached. Some participants experienced internet connection issues. Taking into account the limited time before the launch of the pilot test, the Forum agreed that the version of the standard with the propositions of modifications resulting from the first public consultation should be sent to the pilot test auditors to consider them during the test.

 

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