Forests as a gift and a mandate from God Almighty, has a very diverse functions (multi-function), either ecological, economic, nor social and cultural. Forests provide benefits to mankind not only locally, but also nationally, regionally and even globally. The benefits derived from a variety of forest products, such as wood, forest products, biodiversity, non-biological forest products, services derived from forests, also the goods and services derived from the forest products.
Forest management should be sustained in order to provide benefits to mankind, both the current generation and future generations. Thus, the forest as a natural resource is beneficial for ecological, economic and socio-cultural optimally, in balance, and sustain. Sustainable forest management is also a mandate from the Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 41 of 1999 on Forestry.
Sustainable forest management requires a certification system that allows the parties to assess progress in the achievement of sustainable forest management. This system needs to be built with an objective yardstick, in accordance with the terms and conditions of local, national and global. The system also needs to be developed in a spirit of cooperation and togetherness without involving a negative campaign and various other forms of coercion and unfair pressure from one party to the other party. Those things motivating the parties to establish a Forestry Certification Cooperation named Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC).
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IFCC was established on September 9th, 2011, which its objective is to promote SFM by implementation of the PEFC (Programme for The Endorsement of Forest Certification) Scheme, which includes among others, but not limited to, certification of forest management, forest products, forest product-processing industries and the chain of custody.
IFCC certification scheme to be developed based on a set of criteria and indicators, which are in accordance to local, national and global requirements; in a spirit of cooperation, not negative campaigns and other various forms of coercion and unfair pressures from one party to another, thereby allowing the forestry stakeholders to assess progresses in achieving SFM.
IFCC organization consists of a General Meeting of Members (RUA), the Governing Board, and Board of Supervisors. Board as the implementing organ of IFCC management, currently consists of one Chairman, one General Secretary and one Treasurer.
IFCC is a council or a person who has fulfilled the requirements of members in accordance with AD / ART of IFCC association. At the beginning of establishment, IFCC member consists of 15 members (4 Business Caucus members, and 11 members of the Civil Society Caucus). Currently IFCC has 53 members consist of 21 Business Caucus members and 32 members of the Civil Society Caucus.