Timber from Russia and Belarus considered ‘conflict timber’
We would like inform you that the PEFC Council Board of Directors has issued a statement clarifying that all timber originating from Russia and Belarus shall be considered as ‘conflict timber’ and therefore cannot be used in PEFC-certified products.
The clarification that timber from Russia and Belarus is to be categorised as conflict timber is based on the UN General Assembly Resolution A/ES-11/L.1 “Aggression against Ukraine” during the 11th Emergency Special Session, which “deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine […] [and] the involvement of Belarus” (2 March 2022). This clarification enters in force since the quoted UN General Assembly resolution was adopted.
The clarification is initially valid for six months.
We deeply hope that the situation is resolved soonest, in which case the Board will undertake a review.
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