Con­trolled Wood Cer­tifi­cate re­tained

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

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.”

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