Cloudy Bay wins full Forestry Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Made in PNG - - FORESTRY -

Cloudy Bay Sus­tain­able Forestry Ltd has achieved an­other mile­stone in its drive for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Forestry Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (FSC) for re­spon­si­ble forestry man­age­ment.

The com­pany, wholly owned by Pa­pua New Guinea Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram Ltd, had pre­vi­ously re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for con­trolled wood and chain of cus­tody in 2011.

‘This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion proves that it is pos­si­ble in PNG to har­vest nat­u­ral forests re­spon­si­bly and sus­tain­ably and sup­ports the Gov­ern­ment pol­icy of 100 per cent down­stream pro­cess­ing,’ thenChair­man of Cloudy Bay Rob de Fégely told Made in PNG in mid-2013.

Since 2006, the com­pany has been de­vel­op­ing a For­est Man­age­ment Area in the Cloudy Bay re­gion, 250 kilo­me­tres south-east of Port Moresby. It was awarded the coun­try’s first 100%-down­stream pro­cess­ing li­cense by the PNG For­est Au­thor­ity (PNGFA), cov­er­ing 148,900 hectares.

Its mar­ket is pri­mar­ily do­mes­tic, with the con­struc­tion in­dus­try a ma­jor cus­tomer.

Cut in yield

De Fégely said that the FSC au­di­tors had ac­cepted Cloudy Bay’s re­duced as­sess­ment of sus­tain­able yield, which it has cut to 48,000 cu­bic me­tres of logs per year from an ear­lier fig­ure of 60,000 cu­bic me­ters per year.

The peak in­dus­try body, the Pa­pua New Guinea For­est In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion, es­ti­mates that 50-60% of pro­cessed tim­ber ex­ports—which go mostly to Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the Pa­cific—are pro­duced by com­pa­nies that have adopted FSC, the Pro­gramme for the En­dorse­ment of For­est Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion reg­u­la­tory and trace­abil­ity stan­dards or the (Swiss com­pany) SGS sys­tem for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Not a cheap sys­tem

De Fégely, now Pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Foresters of Aus­tralia and an in­dus­try con­sul­tant, said that plans to add value to 100% of the har­vest in Pa­pua New Guinea and to im­ple­ment sus­tain­able prac­tices would take time, money and train­ing.

‘The world needs to un­der­stand that sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment is not a cheap sys­tem but it is a re­new­able and sus­tain­able one and there­fore the wood and other for­est val­ues need to be priced ac­cord­ingly,’ he told Made in PNG.

‘This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion proves that it is pos­si­ble in PNG to har­vest nat­u­ral forests re­spon­si­bly and sus­tain­ably’

Load­ing logs for pro­cess­ing

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