Under the theme Making Certification SMART this year the PEFC explored and discovered new and emerging technologies which show promise for supporting forest certification. The 2017 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue brought together forest sector stakeholders, leading technology providers, innovators and sustainability experts to exchange views on what’s needed, what’s working and where are the opportunities for scaling up application.
Among other things the Stakeholder Dialogue was looking into “System Reboot: Exploring the potential of data, innovation and technology within forest certification” in Helsinki on 16 November. Darren Thomas of DoubleHelix was speaking at the session on “SMART solution s for strengthening trust and traceability throughout value chains”. He presented a holistic approach to integrate timber tracking methods into operational chain-of-custody due diligence monitoring. GTTN also points out the interesting presentation by Robin Askey of Envirosense on potential applications of blockchain in chain of custody applications, which could also be considered for more secure GTTN reference data sharing. Presentations of the plenary and three parallel sessions can be downloaded here.
General information on the PEFC stakeholder dialogue you will find here