Controlled Wood Certificate retained
AN INDEPENDENT review of the West Australian Government’s forestry agency has recommended changes in forest management practices including better conservation of habitat trees and improvements in identification and protection of rare, threatened and engaged species.
Independent auditor, Soil Association Woodmark’s evaluation report, found the Forest Products Commission (FPC) had met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) International Controlled Wood standard and would retain the certificate it first achieved in October 2014.
FSC Australia CEO Adam Beaumont said while Controlled Wood did not carry the stringent social, economic and environmental requirements of full FSC Certification, it was a valuable way to encourage forest managers to improve their practices through the FSC system.
“FSC Controlled Wood is not an endorsement of responsible forest management, but it is an important first step toward achieving full certification and the right to use the FSC’s green tree tick logo,” Beaumont said. “Vitally it provides an independent channel for stakeholders to engage with forest managers and have their concerns addressed in a transparent way.”
Following in-depth consultation with local stakeholders regarding their concerns, the auditor identified eight new findings in its report, including concerns about the definition of old growth forest under FSC Australia’s standards.
“The results of this audit are a good example of the FSC system at work,” Beaumont said. “Independent auditors have assessed the concerns of stakeholders and made several recommendations for the FPC to improve its forest management practices accordingly.
“We would strongly encourage the FPC to address these recommendations on its journey to achieving full FSC certification. This process of continual improvement is the very foundation of the FSC system.”