2012

Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 03-Dec-2012

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into effect on Friday 30 November and it is now a criminal offence to knowingly, intentionally or recklessly: import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia or process Australian raw logs that have been har..

Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation 03-Dec-2012

The Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) has been approved as a National Governing Body member of the PEFC Council for Indonesia. The IFCC decision to join the world's largest forest certification system was founded in PEFC's unique bottom-up approach, which r..

PEFC Council General Assembly Outcomes 03-Dec-2012

The PEFC Council recently held its annual General Assembly (GA) where the PEFC members from more than thirty countries came together to discuss and reach agreement on key strategic issues for the organisation. There were a number of outcomes of potential interest and relevanc..

AFS Limited Annual General Meeting 05-Nov-2012

The Annual General Meeting of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd was held on Thursday 25 October 2012 in Melbourne. AFS Ltdthanked retiring Directors Mr Ian Tyson, Mr Malcolm Tonkin, Ms Jodie Mason and Mr Wayne Hammond for their services andvaluable contribution to AFS Ltd. ..

Nominations sought for Indigenous Representative for PEFC Council Board 05-Nov-2012

The PEFC Council Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for a representative of Indigenous People's interests for the PEFC Council Board of Directors. Nominations close midday, Friday 19 November 2012. The composition of the PEFC Board aims to reflect the major int..

PEFC/TPAC Conformance Confirmed 05-Nov-2012

The Board of Appeal of Stichting Milieukeur (SMK) has rejected an appeal filed by a coalition of NGOs, confirming that PEFC standards are robust and conform to the Dutch procurement criteria, arguably the strictest in the world. Five Dutch civil organisations filed an obj..

Standards Review Update 05-Nov-2012

The review of the Australian Standard for Forest Management (AS4708) is continuing. The Standards Reference Committee responsible for the review (SRC4708) met in early November and considered the submissions from the second public consultation period. It is anticipated that a..

Illegal Logging Legislation 03-Oct-2012

The Australian Government's illegal logging legislation (Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011) has been passed by the House of Representatives but its debate in the Senate has been delayed by other priorities. In the mean a report (http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/green-c..

Review of Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708) 03-Oct-2012

The second public comment period for the revision of AS4708 (The Australian Forestry Standard) closed on 1 October 2012. More than 25 submissions were received and these will now be analysed and considered by the Standard Review Committee (SRC) which is scheduled to meet in e..

US publishers commit to Sustainable Forestry Initiative 03-Oct-2012

In news from the United States, Time Inc., the National Geographic Society, Macmillan, and Pearson will partner with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to help spur the growth of certification to preserve and protect forests. These leading North American publishers wil..

AFS Ltd AGM 04-Sep-2012

The 2012 AFS Ltd Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on 25 October 2012 in Melbourne. The AGM will involve the normal reporting to members and appointment of Directors. AFS Ltd is seeking nominations to fill the following anticipated vacancies on the AFS Ltd Board of..

Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708) Review 04-Sep-2012

The Standard Review Committee appointed by AFS Ltd to review the Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708) has released the second draft for public comment. The draft revised Standard has been sent to a broad range of stakeholders in forest management seeking comment. The comment..

Chain of Custody Standard (AS4707) Review 04-Sep-2012

The five yearly review of the Australian Standard for Chain of Custody (AS4707) is due to commence this year and will be conducted in accordance with Standards Australia procedures. A number of organisations have now nominated representatives for the Standards Reference C..

Queensland Certification Seminar 04-Sep-2012

AFS Ltd will host a certification seminar in Brisbane on Thursday 18 October to provide certified companies and those interested in certification with an update on developments in certification. Topics to be covered will include: a general introduction to forest management..

Updated brochure assists companies in obtaining PEFC Chain of Custody certification 04-Sep-2012

In response to popular demand, PEFC has updated and revised its introductory brochure PEFC Chain of Custody certification - The Key to Selling Certified Products. This publication helps companies familiarise themselves with the most essential elements of PEFC Chain of Custody..

AFS Ltd AGM and Seminar 06-Aug-2012

The 2012 AFS Ltd AGM will take place on 25 October in Melbourne. In addition to the required presentation of financial reports and the election of Directors, AFS Ltd will host a seminar to provide members with an update on developments in certification and particularly to rep..

AFS Ltd Responds to ABC Report 06-Aug-2012

The Australian Forestry Standard was referenced in a segment on the ABC's 7.30 Report on Tuesday 31 July 2012. The story, 'Planet Ark sails in to timber storm', included some negative commentary on the AFS. At no time has the ABC contacted AFS Ltd to research the segment ..

AFS Ltd Sponsors Australian Timber Design Awards 2012 06-Aug-2012

As the Australian Timber Design Awards enters its 13th year, AFS Ltd will sponsor a Recognition Award for the second time. The Australian Timber Design Awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions. ..

Changes to AFS Ltd Board of Directors 06-Aug-2012

AFS Ltd welcomes the appointment of Mr Craig Smith as a Director representing the Employee Representative Organisation membership class. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the forestry and forest products industry as a full time union official. He is currently the New S..

PEFC seeks stakeholder comment on Endorsement and Mutual Recognition Guide 06-Aug-2012

The Endorsement and Mutual Recognition of National Schemes and their Revision Guide ensures the robust implementation of PEFC's globally recognised sustainability benchmarks at regional, national and sub-national levels. It provides stakeholders with accurate and verifiable i..

AFS features on Going Bush 02-Jul-2012

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd has featured on a recent segment of the Going Bush TV series. The Going Bush team visited Canberra and investigated the use of beautiful and diverse timbers in Parliament House and progress in the establishment of the National Arboretum. While..

Call for nominations for Chain of Custody Standard (AS4707) Reference Committee 02-Jul-2012

AFS Ltd has previously called for nominations for the Standard Reference Committee for the review of the Chain of Custody Standard for Certified Wood and Paper Products (AS4707). The review is required to maintain currency of the Standard and to ensure ongoing consistency wit..

Moving Beyond Timber: PEFC 2011 Annual Review 02-Jul-2012

'Moving Beyond Timber' is the theme of the PEFC 2011 Annual Review, reflecting changes that have taken place over the past few years in the forest-based sector, among forest users and uses. It reflects the outlook for forest certification and PEFC. When PEFC began its work ov..

PEFC Secretary General visits Australia 02-Jul-2012

PEFC Secretary General, Mr Ben Gunneberg, completed a very successful tour of Australia in June 2012. The tour helped to raise awareness of forest management certification and the benefits of providing reassurance to purchasers of wood and paper products about the source of t..

Review of Forest Management Standard (AS4708) 02-Jul-2012

The Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708) is currently being reviewed consistent with Standards Australia requirements. The review is being undertaken by a Standards Reference Committee made up of people with a broad range of interests and expertise in forest management. ..

Draft standard available for public comment 19-Mar-2012

Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) announces the commencement of the first public comment phase of the revision process of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AF4708). The Standard Review Committee appointed AFS Ltd to review the Austral..

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd seeks additional Social and Environmental Expertise 29-Feb-2012

AFS Ltd is a standards development organisation and a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. The company owns the standard development functions and manages the elements of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS). The objects of AFS Ltd are to: p..