Comaco Forestal counts with certification, (Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certificates) in its Forest, Industrial and Commercial activities, through the CERCOM Group (Certification Comaco S.A.). Certified, ie, the responsible management of forest resources, give equal attention to the social, environmental and economic extends to: Forest Management Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood
Currently, the company has the largest timberland certified in Chile: More than 80.000 hectares, with Forest Management certification. At the same time, it was the first Chilean forest company to obtain its Chain of Custody certificate.
Forest certification is an assessment process to which the owner of a forest submits to voluntarily. Such assessment is conducted by an Independent Certification Body, through a field auditing program, in order to verify the compliance of Principles, Criteria and Standards established by the seal. An important component of this auditing program, is the public consultation to stakeholders, who can be directly and indirectly impacted by the Company’s activities.
Comaco Forestal promotes certification of small and medium-sized forest owners through PRODEFOR, which is open to any forest owner in conditions to meets the Group’s regulations and, mainly, the Principles and Criteria of certification system.
Forest certification has multiple environmental, social and economic benefits.
Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.
Socially beneficial forest management helps both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits from the forest and it also provides strong incentives to local communities to sustain the forest resources and adhere to long term management plans.
Economically viable forest management means that forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of negative impacts on the forest resource, the ecosystem, or local communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market the full range of forest products and services for their best value
Steps to become certified by PRODEFOR
Para poder certificarse es necesario cumplir los siguientes pasos:
Applicant forest owner meets with PRODEFOR’s representative and he is informed about the Group Structure, Forest Master Plan and the Principles and Criteria..
If the forest owner decides to join PRODEFOR, he will complete the corresponding application form. If he meets PRODEFOR’S necessary conditions he will sign a membership contract and a pre-auditing visit to the Applicant’s property will be agreed.
As a result of the pre-auditing visit, forest owner will be advised on what to do in order to reach the level of compliance that the standards demand.
Once the forest owner has informed PRODEFOR ,that he has implemented the necessary changes to meet standards, PRODEFOR will proceed with the final auditing.
If the audit result is positive, PRODEFOR will report to the accreditation Certification Body, who is responsible of ratifying the owner´s acceptance to PRODEFOR Group, and a CERTIFICATE will be issued in favour of the applicant, once he has duly signed the membership contract with PRODEFOR.
The owner will be subject to annual audits, both internal (PRODEFOR) and external (Certification Body).
Certification with PRODEFOR
PRODEFOR is a Group Certification Mechanism, approved by available to small and midsize forest owners, whose main purpose is to encourage forest certification in order to ensure the implementation of best management practices throughout the production chain. PRODEFOR is a certification channel, which uses Comaco Forestal’s available certification experience in favour of small and mid size forest owners
Forest certification is becoming a vital requirement when competing in forest products international markets, which today gives preference to Certified products, following consumer’s preferences. For this reason, Comaco Forestal makes this competitive tool and corresponding technical assistance, available at a convenient price, to forest companies willing to joint PRODEFOR.
Comaco Forestal makes available its professionals team, who will give technical advice and constant support to the forest companies during the whole certification process, until the standards required by are .accomplished.
PRODEFOR offers the following services:
- Forest Evaluation and monitoring
- Advice in best practices
- Advice on Silvicultural practices
- Property organization
- Forest Management Plan
- Chain of Custody
- Social and environmental advice
PRODEFOR covers from the V to the X region, dealing with the most important commercial forest plantations in Chile, like Radiata Pine, Eucalyptus Glóbulus and Eucalyptus Nitens.
PRODEFOR’S priority is to establish a long term commitment between forest owners and Responsible Forest Management.