AFS wel­comes gov­ern­ment sup­port of for­est man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

Aus­tralian Forestry Stan­dard Ltd has wel­comed the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s as­sur­ance that for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion con­tin­ues to guar­an­tee the le­gal­ity of na­tional do­mes­tic wood sup­ply.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for forestry Sen­a­tor Anne Rus­ton has an­nounced that amend­ments to il­le­gal log­ging leg­is­la­tion will stream­line and sim­plify the im­por­ta­tion and pro­cess­ing of tim­ber prod­ucts cer­ti­fied un­der Aus­tralian for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion schemes.

As Aus­tralia’s largest cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram for sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment with more than 24 mil­lion hectares cer­ti­fied, AFS is the Aus­tralian mem­ber of PEFC, the world’s largest for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

“The gov­ern­ment is to be con­grat­u­lated on its con­tin­ued tough stance on il­le­gal log­ging and recog­ni­tion that ma­jor forestry op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia are 100% in­de­pen­dently cer­ti­fied,” said AFS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Si­mon Dor­ries.

“Gov­ern­ment and pub­lic build­ing au­thor­i­ties are plac­ing greater em­pha­sis on Aus­tralian stan­dards in their reg­u­la­tions to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity and le­gal­ity of prod­ucts used in the hous­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries,” he said.

“Chain of cus­tody is es­pe­cially suited to projects such as new-build com­mer­cial and of­fice build­ings, pri­vate and so­cial hous­ing projects, ren­o­va­tion and re­fur­bish­ment schemes, and civil en­gi­neer­ing projects.”

Mr Dor­ries said the sim­ple act of sourc­ing or pur­chas­ing an Aus­tralian-branded prod­uct could have far-reach­ing pos­i­tive im­pli­ca­tions, not least in terms of sus­tain­able con­sump­tion, ar­gu­ing that im­prov­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity of forests and trees was cen­tral to achiev­ing sus­tain­abil­ity across land­scapes and liveli­hoods.

Ross Hamp­ton, Aus­tralian For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion (AFPA) Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said il­le­gal log­ging reg­u­la­tions should be ef­fec­tive but not im­pose un­nec­es­sary red tape and com­pli­ance costs on Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers who were do­ing the right thing and al­ready op­er­ated within a strin­gent le­gal and com­pli­ance frame­work for sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment.

“Aus­tralian ma­jor forestry op­er­a­tions are 100% in­de­pen­dently cer­ti­fied; nowhere is na­tive for­est or plan­ta­tion man­age­ment more sus­tain­able,” Mr Hamp­ton said.

Look­ing over HQPlan­ta­tions' op­er­a­tions at Beer­bur­rum on Queens­land's Sun­shine Coast are Michelle McAn­drew (Sus­tain­abil­ity Man­ager, HQP), Ross Gars­den (BSI Aus­tralia), and Si­mon Dor­ries (CEO, AFS Ltd). AFS is the most widely used for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme in Aus­tralia.

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