Organizing PEFC Michael Berger CEO’s visit to Japan seminar
On April 5, 2023, a seminar
was held on the occasion of the first visit to Japan by Michael Berger, CEO,
PEFC International . In settling the situation of the COVID-19 infection rate,
the seminar was organized in person after a long time and over 80 people from
various fields attended. At the seminar, after reporting on the mechanisms and
updates of PEFC by Dr. Berger, a talk session was held, coordinated by Dr.
Nameshida, Chairman of the Japan Forest Journalist Association. During the session,
questions were raised about such as why the forest certification is needed, how
is the relationship with FSC, another international forest certification
scheme, and how is significance of Japan, a wood-importing country, for
promoting the forest certification. Dr. Berger explained in a sense that the
forest certification scheme effectively addresses global issues such as climate
change and biodiversity loss and guarantees companies to enable reliable
sources of materials. He also stated that PEFC and FSC are working
cooperatively by exchanging views when necessary and that promoting the forest
certification in Japan contributes to encourage the certification in
wood-exporting countries in such as Asia region. In addition, he emphasized the
importance of education for young people to spread the certification.
Finally, Dr. Nameshida summarized the session by saying, “Understandings of the importance of forest certification has been deepened. We, people each should do what we can do for further development of the certification in Japan.”
After the seminar, Dr. Berger was interviewed by several media, which means a high level of interest of the media was shown on this matter.