Japan Forest Technology Association (JAFTA) has been accredited as a certification body by Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC - http://www.sgec-eco.org/), and has been providing its services for the certification.
|SGEC is an organization established through talks and
in agreement among those people from various fields including not only
forestry-related organizations but also economic/industrial circles, consumers,
environmental NGOs and the like.|
SGEC has developed two systems, i.e. the forest certification system for certifying forests where sustainable forest managements are conducted, and the separation and labeling system for certifying the process of manufacturing and distribution of forest products produced in certified forests.
These two systems enable SGEC marked certified forest products to be placed on the market, and thus consumers can purchase them by their preference.
Through these actions mentioned above, consumers can contribute to the management of certified forests that have been managed in a sustainable manner.
About Forest Certification JAFTA System
|1.1||Preliminary study for Assessment (the study)|
|The study is conducted for the purpose of grasping strength
and weakness of applied forests in the light of SGEC Standards and Indicators,
and clarifying matters to be developed in order to ensure a smooth progress
of subsequent certification assessment.|
The study is not compulsory, but up to applicants' will.
|1.2||Assessment for certification|
|Assessment is conducted to decide the propriety of certification|
Ordinary processes for certification are as follows :
Applications --> Contracts --> On-site assessments --> Developments of reports --> Discussions and Decisions of certifications by Judgment Board for Forest Certification (the Board) --> Reporting to SGEC --> Deliveries of certificates by SGEC
In on-site assessments, verification of related documents, grasp of management conditions for applied forests, interviews with stakeholder and the like are conducted, and the proprieties of certification are evaluated.
The Board decides the propriety approximately within forty (40) days after on-site assessment
|2.||The period of certification validity and audit (management review)|
|2.1||The period of validity|
|Certifications are valid for five years.|
Renewals of certificates are necessary for the continuation of certification.
|Audits are implemented once a year.|
Generally in audits, accomplishments of forest management over the past one year are grasped and it is reviewed how to address conditions attached at the time of certification award.
|3.||Classification of forest management certification|
|4.||Standards, Indicators and Elaborations for forest certification|
|They are described in PDF.|
|5.||How to assess forest managements|
|Assessment is carried out by evaluating whether or not
managements of applied forests meet every requirement of 35 Indicators.|
When the managements do not meet some requirements, then some following conditions in the table shall be attached at the time of certification award.
|6.||The list of certified forests|
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|7.||The list of certified entities for SGEC separation and labeling system|
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