Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Principal Office: International
The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) contributes to sustainable forest management by promoting independent certification that ecological, social, and ethical standards of forest production comply with criteria of sustainability.
PEFC claims to be the world’s largest international forest certification system by working through about 30 national forest certification systems. Membership in PEFC also includes international NGOs, companies, and associations committed to the principles of forest certification.
PEFC makes grants through its Collaboration Fund.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Collaboration Fund. The PEFC Collaboration Fund makes grants to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world. Grants can be used for the following aims:
- New approaches or activities to raise awareness, communicate, and promote forest certification or certified forest products;
- Capacity building that enables the expansion of forest certification;
- Research relevant to PEFC International’s Sustainability Benchmarks, or the implementation of national standards;
- Research and exploration to further integrate new products, services, and/or approaches into PEFC’s certification schemes.
Eligibility extends to PEFC members and other non-profit organizations. Project partners may include private and public sector organizations. If the lead grantee is not a PEFC member, PEFC recommends including a PEFC member as a project partner.
Grants are a maximum of CHF 40 thousand for projects of up to two years. Grantees must provide at least 35% additional co-funding.
Each call includes grant-making objectives; eligible activities; eligible applicants; grant size; guidelines on how to prepare proposals; and the application deadline.
About the Collaboration Fund, and how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
PEFC’s membership is centered mainly in western Europe, but it also has members in other industrialized regions and in the developing world: Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and Uruguay.
Contact provides information for PEFC’s international office in Geneva, Switzerland.
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