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PNG launches new National Forest Stewardship Standard

Papua New Guinea has launched version 2.0 of the National Forest Stewardship Standard. This version of the standard has been developed by a chamber-balanced technical committee, consisting of 12 national experts, and by using a multi-stakeholder process, including two rounds of public consultation and a 2-day national stakeholder consultation workshop. Source: Timberbiz

FSC’s Standard Development Group (SDG) was pleased with the constructive input received from the PNG Forest Authority, Climate Change & Development Authority and the Forest Industry Association.

Two field tests and two desk audits were conducted, at both large and small-scale operations, and including plantations and natural forests.

The revision process started in March 2015 and took two and a half years to complete.

PNG FC Inc expects that the revised standard will lead to increased interest in the use of FSC certification in the country to promote responsible forest management, including for ecosystem services.

The FSC NFSS for PNG Version 2.0 applies to all forest types and will become effective on the 1 September 2019.