2013

PEFC Certification Week and General Assembly 06-Dec-2013

PEFC held a very successful Forest Certification Week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11-15 November 2013. A highlight of the week was the opening of the Annual PEFC General Assembly (http://www.pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/1383-minister-opens-pefc-general-assembly-h..

PEFC Chairman, William Street Jr, addresses the General Assembly 05-Dec-2013

PEFC Chairman, William Street Jr. speaking at the General Assembly has given an eloquent summary of the core principles and vision of PEFC. "We believe that the well-being of the people who own, live in and depend on forests is the single most important criteria to determine ..

AFS Ltd welcomes additional Independent Director 04-Dec-2013

The AFS Ltd Board is pleased to announce the appointment of an additional Independent Director, Ms Suzanne Little. Ms Little is an environmental scientist and certified auditor. Her experience includes directorships and/or senior environment management roles with a range of o..

New PEFC information system 04-Dec-2013

PEFC is in the process of rolling out a new information system to provide improved accessibility and faster updating for certified forest managers, certified wood and paper product suppliers, their customers and the public. As the PEFC National Governing Body for Australia, A..

Review of Chain of custody standard 04-Dec-2013

The review of the Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for forest products (AS4707) is continuing. A draft revised standard, based on the PEFC Chain of custody standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013), was released for public comment on 6 September 2013 and the comment period cl..

AFS Ltd Annual General Meeting 05-Nov-2013

The Annual General Meeting of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd was held on Tuesday 29 October in Melbourne. The members adopted and approved the Directors' Report, Annual Financial Report and Auditors Report for the year ended 30 June 2013. The National Secretary presented a ..

Geoff Gorrie to retire as Chair of AFS Ltd 05-Nov-2013

Inaugural Chair of AFS Ltd, Mr Geoff Gorrie advised Members at the 2013 AGM that it would be his last AGM as Chair of the company. Dr Hans Drielsma addressed the AGM and provided a brief summary of Mr Gorrie's substantial contribution to AFS Ltd as the Company's inaugural..

New Chair for AFS Ltd 05-Nov-2013

The Directors of AFS Ltd met following the AGM and agreed to appoint Ms Kate Carnell AO as an Independent Director and Chair of AFS Ltd from 2 December 2013. Ms Carnell has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has been involved in the forestry and wood products industry i..

Public comments on draft AS4707 about to close 05-Nov-2013

AFS Ltd would like to remind stakeholders that the public consultation period for the revised draft Australian Standard® for Chain of custody of forest products (AS4707) closes on Friday 8 November 2013. The Australian Standard® for Chain of custody of forest prod..

ISO Members support Chain of custody standard proposal 07-Oct-2013

AFS Ltd understandards that the members of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) have voted in support of a proposal for the development of a chain of custody standard. The work item proposal on chain of custody of forest products - requirements was submitt..

Management of tropical forests continues to challenge certification 07-Oct-2013

Statistics compiled by PEFC (see table below) illustrate the substantial challenge that still exists for the management of tropical forests. Forest certification has been operating for more than ten years in a number of countries and regions including Australia, Northern Amer..

Public comment sought on revised draft AS4707 07-Oct-2013

The Australian Standard® that underpins the traceability of wood from well-managed forests into the wood and paper products we use every day is currently being reviewed. Public comment is now being sought on a revised draft Australian Standard® for Chain of custod..

AFS Ltd seeks Independent Directors 06-Sep-2013

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd is seeking nominations of, or applications from, suitably qualified Independent Directors to join the Board of AFS Ltd. AFS Ltd is a not-for-profit company that owns and manages the Australian Forest Certification Scheme. Membership ..

Australian Standard® for sustainable management published 06-Sep-2013

The revised and improved Australian Standard® for sustainable forest management (AS4708-2013) has been published. The revised Standard not only reflects best forest management practice but strengthens forest managers' responsibilities in relation to social, cultural a..

Chain of custody training seminar at the PEFC Forest Certification Week 06-Sep-2013

As part of its extensive support to certification bodies, PEFC will be holding an intensive, full-day Chain of Custody training session on Friday 15 November, the last day of the PEFC Forest Certification Week. Training and capacity building activities are an important el..

Standards New Zealand releases draft for public comment 06-Sep-2013

Standards New Zealand has released DZ 4708 Sustainable forest management for public comment. This draft standard is a proposed adoption of the Australian Standard® AS4708-2013 Sustainable forest management, which has recently been revised by the Australian Forestry Standa..

A new standard for managing Australia's forests 25-Aug-2013

Australia's forest management stepped into a new era today with the release of the revised Australian Standard® for forest management (AS4708–2013). The revised and improved Standard not only reflects best forest management practices but strengthens forest manag..

AFS Ltd seeks Independent Directors 12-Aug-2013

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd is seeking nominations of, or applications from, suitably qualified Independent Directors to join the Board of AFS Ltd. AFS Ltd is a not-for-profit company that owns and manages the Australian Forest Certification Scheme. Membership ..

Australian illegal logging requirements 08-Aug-2013

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has been conducting a major outreach program to advise stakeholders about the requirements of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (2012). Briefings have been held in countries with a major wood and/or paper products trade w..

ISO Chain of Custody Proposal 08-Aug-2013

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is considering a proposal for the development of a chain of custody standard. A new work item proposal on chain of custody of forest based products - requirements has been submitted to ISO by ABNT (Brazil) and DIN (Germ..

New Zealand considers adoption of Australian Standard® for forest management 08-Aug-2013

Standards New Zealand has formed a technical committee to consider adoption of the Australian Standard® for forest management (AS4708) as a New Zealand Standard. If the committee ultimately supports the proposal and AS4708 is adopted as a New Zealand Standard, forest mana..

PEFC development project to encourage group forest management certification 08-Aug-2013

A project selected to receive funding from the PEFC 2013 Collaboration Fund will encourage group forest management certification. The project is a joint venture between PEFC UK and PEFC Ireland and will develop an English language online group registration and management syst..

PEFC Forest Certification Week 2013 08-Aug-2013

In recognition of the growing importance of Asia's forest industry the PEFC is holding its first ever PEFC Week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11-15 November 2013. Asia's forest industry has grown extensively over the last 15 years gaining international recognition for t..

Dual Certification - Waste of Effort and Resources 03-Jul-2013

AFS Ltd is disappointed by the continued waste of effort and resources on dual certification of forest management in Australia. All Australian stakeholders and governments should be using the limited resources available to convince and reassure Australian customers and inter..

ISO also considering Chain of Custody 11-Jun-2013

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is also considering a proposal for the development of a chain of custody standard. A new work item proposal on chain of custody of forest based products - requirements has been submitted to ISO by ABNT (Brazil) and DIN..

New Illegal Logging Regulations recognise PEFC and AFS 11-Jun-2013

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation Amendment 2013 was registered on 31 May 2013. The regulation prescribes the due diligence steps that importers and processes can take to inform themselves of the legality of the product they are importing or processing. The regulatio..

PEFC Publishes 2013 Chain of Custody Standard 11-Jun-2013

The 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard, officially enters into force on 24 May 2013, with a transition period of nine months, replacing the old Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2010). The Standard was developed in a multi-stakeholder process, in-line with PEFC Council Technical Docume..

Review of Australian Chain of Custody 11-Jun-2013

The review of the Australian Chain of Custody Standard AS4707 Chain of Custody for Certified Wood and Forest Products will now proceed in earnest following the finalisation of the review of the PEFC Chain of Custody Standard. AFS Ltd has formed a Standards Reference Committe..

Bright future for PEFC's Collaboration Fund 03-May-2013

In its third year of operation, the PEFC's Collaboration Fund seeks to support members and partner organisations in their efforts to improve forest management and expand forest certification around the world. This year, the Fund received 42 funding proposals, each representin..

PEFC consultation on requirements for certification bodies undertaking forest management cert. 03-May-2013

PEFC International has invited stakeholders to consult on PEFC Requirement for Certification Bodies operating Forest Management Certification (PEFC ST 1004:201x). The PEFC requires all countries with PEFC endorsed national forest certification systems to have the same high le..

Review of Requirements for Certification Bodies 03-May-2013

Certification Bodies (CBs), also known as Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), are responsible for assessing the performance of forest managers to determine if they meet all of the stringent requirements forthe Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708) and are therefore eligible ..

AFSL new website 04-Apr-2013

The Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (AFSL) is very excited to launch its new website. The user-friendly design has been developed to provide a clean, accessible site with improved navigation and functionality. The new website contains a comprehensive over-view of AFSL functi..

Call for entries: Australian Timber Design Awards 04-Apr-2013

The Australian Timber Design Awards has been honouring excellence in timber design for 14 years. Entry is open to architects, builders, designers, engineers, interior designers and landscape architects. Entries are based on projects that make significant use of timber. Pr..

Report confirms rigour and robustness of PEFC certification 04-Apr-2013

A report commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has once again confirmed that the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) system, along with the European Union's FLEGT scheme and the Forest Stewardsh..

Support for chain of custody certification in Queensland 04-Apr-2013

The Queensland Government and Timber Queensland's Chain of Custody Support Scheme will reimburse costs directly incurred in obtaining chain of custody certification under Australian Forestry Standard AS4707 or the Forest Stewardship Council 40-004 (V2-1) EN. Eligible business..

AFS Ltd members support development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme 12-Mar-2013

The members of the AFS Ltd have underwritten the development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) and thereby provided a vital mechanism for demonstrating and rewarding good forest management. AFCS continues to be the certification system of choice for the..

How does sustainability certification relate to illegal logging laws? 12-Mar-2013

AFS or PEFC forest management certification sets a much higher standard than what is required under the various illegal logging laws that are currently being implemented. The European Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into effect on 3 March 2013. It is now a criminal offence ..

PEFC expanding forest certification in Asia 12-Mar-2013

The PEFC Asia Promotions Initiative works to raise awareness, build capacity and encourage the uptake of certification through Asia. In order to improve the environmental sustainability of international forest products and related trade, it is vital to build supply chain capa..

Call for Proposals: PEFC Opens the 2013 Collaboration Fund Competition 04-Feb-2013

PEFC has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2013 Collaboration Fund. The Collaboration Fund seeks to support members and partner organisations in their efforts to improve forest management and expand forest certification around the world. PEFC is enco..

Public Consultation - China Forest Certification Scheme 04-Feb-2013

The China Forest Certification Council has submitted the China Forest Certification Scheme to PEFC International for assessment against the PEFC sustainability benchmarks for national forest certification systems. PEFC International appointed Indufor Oy as independent consult..

Revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard - Implications for Australia 04-Feb-2013

PEFC is revising its Chain of Custody Standard - PEFC ST 2001:2010 to ensure compliance with governmental timber legality verification requirements, such as the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). The Public consultation period for revised PEFC Chain of Custody Stand..