Curtain Raiser

NCCF and PEFC International organize online PEFC Chain of Custody Auditors’ Training in India on

August 6th – 7th 2020

Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) is organizing an online two days PEFC Chain of Custody Auditors’ Training jointly with PEFC International on 6th – 7th August 2020.

NCCF, a not for profit organization of India, is actively engaged in diverse conservation activities including, development of globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability certification standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, as its core working area. NCCF is a member of PEFC Governing Council for India, member of IUCN and has got Observer Status of UNCCD.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.

Mr Richard Laity, Projects and Development Officer at the PEFC, South East Asia is the master trainer of the session. His team also includes Ms. Linda Matole, Technical Officer, PEFC and Ms. Nga Ha, PEFC SEA Coordinator. Shri A.K.Srivastava, Director General, NCCF,  Dr Mrutunjay Jena, Director, NABCB and Mr Anil Jauhri, Chairperson, Certification Advisory Group, NCCF are also sharing their views on PEFC CoC Certification in the inaugural session.

The Chain of Custody certification is tracking wood flow from forest to consumers and assures use of certified wood from well managed forests and plantations. PEFC CoC certification is designed for all businesses involved in the supply chain of forest-based products and opens up new opportunities in markets requiring certified products.

The training is being attended by 33 auditors representing CBs and accreditation board from different India, Vietnam, Russia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Indonesia.

The training includes subjects like ‘detailed requirements under PEFC Chain of Custody of forest and tree based products’, ‘PEFC trademark rules’, ‘requirements for CBs operating against PEFC Chain of Custody’, ‘NCCF, AB & CB requirements’ and ‘PEFC & CB engagement’.

Trainees will be required to complete an online knowledge test after completion of the training.  Successful participation in this training will make the auditors eligible to conduct PEFC CoC certification audits, as attending a PEFC-recognized training is also a precondition to become a qualified auditor. For already trained auditors, this training would serve as an opportunity to update themselves on the underlying expectations, clarifications and interpretations related to PEFC Chain of Custody Standard.

From NCCF Mr. Varun Grover and Dr. Indu Dwivedi are coordinating with PEFC team for successful conduct of the training.