NZS AS 4708:2014
NZ FOREST CERTIFICATION SCHEME
The New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708) provides forest managers with economic, social, environmental and cultural criteria and requirements that support management of forests for products and services.
It is intended for voluntary application to any forests in New Zealand being managed for the production of products and services, whether native or planted forests. Independent, third-party certification against the New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management provides a clear and unambiguous statement that wood production in a particular defined forest area was managed in accordance with a set of predetermined and clearly defined environmental, economic, social and cultural performance requirements that supports sustainable management of forests.
The New Zealand Forest Certification Scheme package comprises the NZ Standard (NZS AS 4708) which is available below, plus a number of documents which will be added in due course
The New Zealand Standard for sustainable forest management is part of the New Zealand Forest Certification Scheme. Australian Forestry Standard currently administers the scheme for New Zealand.
The scope of AFCS forest management certification was extended to include the New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708:2014). NZS AS 4708:2014 was adopted from the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708:2013). The adoption was prepared under the supervision of a committee established by the NZ Standards Council under the Standards Act 1988.
The copyright in AS 4708:2013 is held by Australian Forestry Standard Ltd., which granted a licence to Standards New Zealand for the sole purpose of incorporating material from that Standard into the NZ Standard. Standards New Zealand holds the copyright in the modifications made to the Standard for New Zealand purposes.
Guidance Note 01 to NZS AS 4708-2014 has been published to provide Guidance for the certification of forest management. It can be downloaded here: NZ Guidance Note 01-16 NZS AS 4708