Certification and Procurement: all
A joint press release by FERN, FoE, Greenpeace and WWF stating that the UK Government's timber procurement policy accepts forest destruction as sustainable. The press release is a response to a press release by DEFRA anouncing the UK Government accepts PEFC, SFI, CSA and FSC as proof of sustainable timber production and of MTCC as proof of legal timber production in light of their procurement policy.
A legal opinion commissioned by FoE Netherlands and ICCO Netherlands on the question whether EU Governments are allowed to include social criteria in their timber procurement policies. The study concludes that this is very well possible
UK NGOs sent out a strong worded release condemning UK decision to approve PEFC and SFI. It should be noted though that DEFRA states in its own release:
"PEFC is on probation until it has demonstrated to our satisfaction that its national organisations are all following the new standards. We will also be watching to see that only those SFI certificates that confirm the required percentage of sustainable timber are accepted by government buyers."