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Sarawak opts for mandatory forest certification under MTCS

In November, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomed a move by the state government for mandatory forest certification in Sarawak, Malaysia.

The announcement was made by Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, at the State Assembly. Yong Teng Koon, who heads MTCC, welcomed the development noting that forest certification was an important instrument to promote and verify the implementation of sustainable forest management in order to safeguard environmental, social and economic benefits.

He also pointed out that - as forestry and timber industries contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of the country - it is imperative that Malaysia is able to demonstrate its forest sustainability credentials through certification.

Timber concessions in Sarawak will be required to obtain forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) to demonstrate that they are responsibly managed. The MTCS which sets the requirements for sustainable forest management certification in Malaysia, was the first Asian scheme to be endorsed by PEFC Council.

 

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Major organisations join PEFC as International Stakeholder members

Three major organisations involved in wood manufacturing, paper & pulp processing and forest management have joined the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

“We are delighted to welcome ARAUCO, European Panel Federation (EPF) and European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) as International Stakeholder members,” said PEFC CEO and Secretary General Ben Gunneberg during the PEFC General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland on 15 November 2017.

“As sustainable forestry is a lifeline for our members, we are very much looking forward to our membership with PEFC,” commented Anna Maija Wessman, European Pulp Industry Sector Association, AISBL (EPIS), speaking at the General Assembly.

“We hope to engage in an active dialogue between EPIS and PEFC, and to have a good interaction in the coming years,” Ms. Wessman continued.

Clive Pinnington from the European Panel Federation added: “As downstream users of certified forests, certification is extremely important to us. We have nominated it as one of our top ten priority areas. We hope to support PEFC and are thoroughly delighted to be a new member.”

Celulosa Arauco Y Constitucion S.A. is a group of forestry and industrial companies located in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, the US, Canada and Europe. Arauco is one of the largest forestry companies in Latin America, both in terms of the surface area and the output of its plantations. Its industrial activities include cellulose plants, sawmills and woodworking plants.  

The European Panel Federation (EPF) represents the manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood, with members in 25 countries. The EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of around 22 billion Euros, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.

The European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) is an international non-profit organization consisting of companies producing chemical or mechanical market pulps. Its purpose is to collect, process and distribute statistics regarding chemical market pulps in compliance with applicable antitrust laws for the benefit of its members and third parties.

With these three new members, the PFC can now count on 28 International Stakeholder members, as well as 49 National members.

 

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Grown In Britain launches '‘Old Chestnuts’ e-postcards to dispel British timber myths

Grown in Britain has launched a series of ‘Old Chestnuts’: electronic postcards designed to show that British-grown timber is a modern material. They are also intended to dispel old myths on issues such as quality and availability, which have long been outpaced by investment in production at UK mills. Launched during Grown in Britain Week (9-15 October 2017), the e-cards are available at www.growninbritain.org.

“Hearsay of the past about British timber and its suitability for various uses now needs to be laid firmly to rest,” said Grown In Britain CEO Dougal Driver. “With materials ranging from British-grown Glulam to thermally-modified cladding and laminated and finger jointed sections, UK timber is now being used for innovative projects and products of all kinds. Add to this the integral social value and the present favourable pricing situation, and British timber is certainly delivering for companies throughout the wood supply chain.”

Mr Driver added: “Our thanks goes to all the timber-specialist architects who, along with our licence-holders and other industry colleagues, are lending us amazing pictures of their output to make these visually engaging and thought-provoking e-cards.”

The Old Chestnuts series can also be seen weekly on Twitter: @GrowninBritain.

 

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FSC launches Vancouver Declaration to boost responsible forest management worldwide

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched an ambitious new initiative to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses which use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing.

Global companies like IKEA, H&M, SIG, Marks and Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills or Fuji Xerox have pledged support to the initiative. The aim is to get more businesses across the entire supply chain on board.

Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC, said: "It's fantastic to see so many great businesses supporting this declaration. Our forests are a wonderful yet delicate natural resource, and a lot of people's lives depend of their sustainable and responsible use. By committing to using FSC-certified wood and forest products, our partners are helping to protect our forests – and the planet – for future generations."

Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at IKEA, commented: "IKEA is committed to only use wood from more sustainable sources (currently FSC certified and recycled) by 2020 and promote sustainable forest management beyond our own needs to make it an industry norm. This is what we call 'forest positive.' So it was natural for us to support the Vancouver Declaration. We're proud to be part of this global initiative."

The Vancouver Declaration is part of FSC's wider ambition to help businesses meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as Samuel Sigrist, SIG explained: "It has been a great honour for me to present the Vancouver Declaration at FSC's 2017 General Assembly. We believe that this initiative, with its commitment to FSC certification, is a key tool in achieving parts of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We are the first in our industry to be able to display the FSC label on 100% of our packs. This is a major milestone for SIG on its journey to become a 'net positive' business, helping to create more natural resources than we use."

For more info, click here.

 

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NEPCon launches new Data Hub to help companies source legal timber

NEPCon has launched its NEPCon Sourcing Hub, one of the biggest and most detailed collections of forest-related risk assessments available on the market.

All information on the Sourcing Hub is free for anyone to use and to download and aims to help companies meet due diligence requirements of market regulation such as the EU Timber Regulation. The Hub contains assessments of the risks of illegal timber production and trade in 62 countries, covering 87% of global timber production.

Alongside providing detailed data on timber, the Sourcing Hub contains risk assessments for palm oil, soy and beef addressing environmental, social and legality risks in 10 countries. The System identifies all legislation applicable to harvesting, transport and trade in each country, divided up into 21 different areas of law that are applicable to the EU Timber Regulation.

The Hub also lists the documents that are legally required for harvesting, transport and trade in each country, such as harvest permits, transport permits and business licences. Where the risks of illegality vary for different types of forest, the Tool also gives a separate risk conclusion. For example, if timber from one geographical area of a country has fewer risks than another, or if timber from plantations has fewer risks than timber from natural forests, the Hub is able to identify this. 

The Hub is funded by the European Commission; the UK Department for International Development; Danida, part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM; and NEPCon.

“We’ve designed the NEPCon Sourcing Hub to make it as simple as possible for companies to carry out the due diligence they’re required to do by the EU Timber Regulation,” said Alexandra Banks, Forest Legality Expert. “By helping companies source legal timber, the NEPCon Sourcing Hub will help the legal timber trade around the world prosper.”

For a video presentation of the Hub, click here.

NEPCon is also holding free training workshops on the EU Timber Regulation and the NEPCon Sourcing Hub in 12 EU countries in the autumn, as part of its legality projects. Find out more here.

 

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