The 4th PEFC Group Certification Field Dialogue

Following the PEFC Forest Forum 2024, on 17-18 May, the 4th PEFC Group Certification Field Dialogue will be taken in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, in the central of France. The field dialogue will be a mix of classroom discussion and site visits.

The 4th PEFC Group Certification Field Dialogue

16 May 2024 News

PEFC International, PEFC Asia-Pacific, PEFC France, PEFC Auvergne Rhône Alpes (AURA) and group certification experts are organizing the 4th biannual event with a small group to:

  1. introduce how group certification is designed and managed in France;
  2. Recommendation for implementing at your countries;
  3. Peer to peer knowledge exchange between matured and emerging certification systems;
  4. Potential of collaboration for institutions to scale up group certification globally. 


The Field Dialogue takes place on 17-18 May to Ferrand Clemont, Puy-de-Dome, after the PEFC Forest Forum 2024 held in Paris, France. 

The first day will introduce forest certification in France, using PEFC AURA as example for large-scale smalholder certification and a site visit to learn about forest production systems and CoC (including PEFC DDS and legal compliance). Saturday is dedicated to another two site visits and then share action plans for improving group certification at the national level for each participant group.

Participation fee is approximately 400 euro/person (all included), with potential support available! 

For more information, please contact and 

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Our group certification field dialogues

This trip to Ferrand Clemont, Puy-de-Dome, France is the fourth in our series of group certification field dialogues. The first field dialogue was in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Over the two-day event, delegates from Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam received first-hand knowledge from the Spanish national forest certification system (PEFC Spain), regional governments, forest owners, companies and service providers.