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The Significance of PEFC Certified Cork

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There are more than 6 million hectares of cork oak forests in the Mediterranean region stretching across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. These forests are hugely important in terms of forest biodiversity. They house rare plants and provide habitats for endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx. These forests also help to prevent desertification in this region and serve as carbon sinks.

Additionally, the cork oak industry plays an important role in rural development in the region. The livelihoods of farmers, many of whose families have harvested cork from the local forests for generations, depend on the availability of this natural, well-managed, resource.

To date, 75,000 hectares of cork oak forest in Spain have been certified to PEFC's rigorous sustainable forest management standard. As a result, certified cork stoppers for champagne and wine bottle are now available.

This video shows how cork is harvested in a traditional manner in PEFC-certified cork forests and the benefits and advantages of PEFC certification in the context of rural development. Show less
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