PEFC FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION
All Forests managed by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” are certified in accordance with the PEFC forest management standard. Forest management certification is performed by the certification bodies: BM Certification, SIA “SGS Latvija Ltd” and Soil Association Certification.
PEFC forest management certificates are granted to forest management regions of Rietumvidzeme (certificate number LV11/0001), Ziemeļkurzeme (certificate number LV11/0003), Vidusdaugava (certificate number LV11/0004), Zemgale (certificate number SA-PEFC-FM/COC-006048), Dienvidlatgale (certificate number BMT-PEFC-FM004), Dienvidkurzeme (certificate number BMT-PEFC-FM001), Ziemeļlatgale (certificate number BMT-PEFC-FM003) and Austrumvidzeme (certificate number BMT-PEFC-FM002).
PEFC CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION
- JSC "Latvian State Forests" MS KPRP assumes control of the sources of timber (logging zones), also enforces and maintains the supply chain's requirements:
- legally produces timber, according to national legislation (in accordance with current trade and customs law, as related to the forestry sector);
- logging carried out in wooded areas, that do not infringe on human rights (as set in LR legislation), and where there is no significant conflict of interest related to land ownership or land use rights. This includes a large number of stakeholders, where problem-solving is still pending between the parties involved;
- prohibit logging in endangered areas where forest management measures can adversely affect natural wonders, whose identification is carried out in accordance with international and domestic law, and the company-developed environmental assessment procedures and requirements;
- prohibit purchase of trees from areas converted to plantations or in areas not intended for use as a forest;
- prohibit purchasing timber from forests where genetically-modified trees grow;
- avoid breaching any of the ILO conventions set in the ILO Declaration "On Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work";
- refrain from purchasing disputed timber (under PEFC CoC standard requirements).