An historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard is a step closer with the Gold Coast in Queensland set to host the first standards committee meeting from 16-17 May 2019. In response to unprecedented interest from New Zealand stakeholders, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO, confirmed that a healthy balance of Australian and New Zealand interests will be represented on the committee. Source: Timberbiz
“Certainly, the interest from New Zealand stakeholders has been high, on the balance Australian and New Zealand representation will be almost 50-50 with slightly greater representation from Australians,” Mr Dorries said.
Reflecting on the standard development process, Mr Dorries advised that the new standard will be developed as a fully recognised joint Australia and New Zealand standard, will be accepted by PEFC International and meet the system requirements for a fully-fledged JAS-ANZ accredited Sustainable Forest Management system.
“This is highly unique; the new standard will cover Sustainable Forest Management and will underpin PEFC forest certification in Australia and New Zealand.”
“The new standard will be an endorsed Australian and New Zealand Standard, it can be used for PEFC and/or Responsible Wood claims and it can be used to meet timber legality requirements for import and export,” Mr Dorries said.
For more information about Sustainable Forest Management or the standard development process please contact Responsible Wood or visit www.responsiblewood.org.au