PEFC General Assembly approved three new members
The 29th PEFC General Assembly approved three new members into the PEFC Alliance. The Croatian Union of Private Forest Owners Associations (CUPFOA) is the new PEFC national governing body for Croatia, while Precious Woods and HS Timber Group joined PEFC as new international stakeholder members. Therefore, the number of PEFC member countries is now 56.

Appeal of SGEC/PEFC certification at FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Forestry Committee
From October 2nd to 6th, 2023, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting of the FAO held in Sydney, Australia, the PEFC APAC (Asia-Pacific) was organized, facilitating exchanges of opinions with delegations from various countries. SGEC/PEFC Japan also participated in the event distributed pamphlets at the PEFC booth and shared updates on their activities during a network meeting that included committee members from different countries.

The 4th school visited SGEC/PEFC Japan for 'SDGs Company Visit Learning Program' this year
On  October, 26th,2023, a lecture was conducted for 14 students from a public high school in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, focusing on the importance of forests, the effects of their reduction, and the forest certification system as a measure against global warming. The students were eagarly learned  about these specific initiatives and their significance.

Wood Biomass Seminar on FIT Scheme and PEFC Certification
On December 6th, 2023, a seminar focusing on the handling of PEFC-certified and managed materials in the FIT (Feed-in Tariff) scheme was held at the Chamber of Commerce (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) with hybrid and simultaneous interpretation. The seminar facilitated active discussions on specific handling methods of FIT materials.
Organized by: PEFC APAC
Sponsored by: Cellmark 

Sustainable Christmas Wreath Making with Children
On December 10th, 2023, the SGEC/PEFC Japan Christmas Wreath Workshop was held at ARK Hills in Minato Ward, Tokyo, using materials coming from SGEC-certified forests in Miyazaki prefecture. The children enjoyed crafting with real wood, and at the same time, adults learned about 'forest certification.' It was a heartwarming event for everyone involved.

Children and the Future of Environmental Conservation 
On November 2nd and 3rd, 2023, at the Ueda Regional Industry Exhibition 2023 held in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, the booth of the Josho Forest Certification Council, which has acquired SGEC's FM certification, attracted significant attention.

The second Brand Mirai☆ Mini-Seminar 2023 providing valuable insights
The Seminar will be organized on December, 14th, 2023 to provide a comprehensive explanation of the revised Green Purchasing Law, which was updated in February this year, focusing on its details and impact on businesses. Specifically, the seminar  covered the latest trends in the handling of printing paper and the concept of 'Recycled Material = Forest Certification.' This is an opportunity to gain valuable insights on these topics. 
A company committed to developing specialty papers through technological innovation while rooted in the traditional Japanese paper (washi) manufacturing process.
COC Certification No.:SGSJP-PEFC-COC-2046
Initial issuance: October 27, 2023
BEACOM Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Sapporo, Hokkaido, this company handles SGEC-certified structural laminated timber, primarily made from spruce and red pine.
COC Certification No.:SGSJP-SGEC-COC-179
Initial issuance: October 31, 2023
Specializing in the handling of cypress from Mt. Yamizo, the company provides high-quality lumber.
COC Certification No.:SGSJP-SGEC-COC-180
Initial issuance: October 31, 2023
Kazuno City is a region that is heavily focused on promoting sustainable forestry and environmental conservation.
FM Certification No.:SGSJP-046
Initial issuance: November 8, 2023
Introducing new companies that have received certification, as reported by the certification bodies, 
from October 1st to the end of November 2023

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