PAFC Gabon is a national certification standard that is endorsed internationally by the PEFC. Indeed, PAFC Gabon was recognised by the PEFC in 2009 and in 2013.
There are two types of certification under the PAFC Gabon label, namely:
- Sustainable forest management certification
- Chain of custody certification
Sustainable forest management certification attests to compliance with the environmental, societal and economic functions of forest management. It guarantees the enforcement of rules defined by all forest stakeholders (owners, loggers and forestry contractors). PAFC Gabon has developed a guide for the interpretation of the sustainable forest management standard.
PAFC chain of custody certification is issued to companies by an independent certification body. It consists in following certified timber from the forest, and throughout the processing and marketing chain, with the result being PAFC-certified finished product.