Sustainable forest management regime up for review

With the five yearly review of Australia's sustainable forest management standards about to commence, the opportunity to help ensure Australia's forest management remains at the forefront of sustainability is open to every interested organisation and stakeholder.

The Australian Forest Standards are a cornerstone of the country’s regime of sustainable forest management for both plantation forestry and native forestry. Through scientific and evidence based standards on economic, social and environmental criteria, the Australian standards provide certainty of the genuine sustainability of forestry activities and the products sourced from them.

More than 21 forest owners and managers (certified organisations) have been independently assessed and audited as meeting the requirements of the Australian Standard for forest management. Through that process, approximately 90% of Australia's productive plantations and native forestry are recognised as being sustainably managed and are required to meet an on-going regime that is regularly audited.

Nominations are open for the broad and inclusive Standards Review Committee. The Committee will consist of around twenty people from a range of backgrounds, interests and expertise. The aim of the review is to encompass in the Australian Standard, all of the issues relevant to the on-going sustainability of forest management in Australia.

AFSL is holding a lunchtime information seminar on Thursday 4 November at The Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. The seminar will go into detail regarding the revision process, how to be involved and what the requirements are for those who wish to nominate to be a member of the Standards Reference Committee.

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