FSM in the News
WAY back in 1999, Malaysia was just beginning her journey towards a national forest certification scheme. It was for this purpose that the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) was established the previous year.
LOGGING is sometimes seen as a dirty word. It throws up emotive images: death and destruction of wildlife and their habitat, and human rights violations of the forest’s indigenous communities, for example. Let’s not kid ourselves, however. We play a part in the story too. Timber is harvested to fulfil a demand in the marketplace. Our wooden flooring, furniture, building formwork and paper – the wood used to make all these come from forests.
IN a nutshell, the Forest Steward-ship Council (FSC) serves as a stamp of approval – only logging companies that are found to meet its set of forest management stan-dards are endorsed to use its logo. The idea behind FSC was to build sustainability into the industry by encouraging forest businesses to voluntarily adopt environmentally and socially acceptable practices.
THE FIRST tropical rainforest in the world to be certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for sustainable forest management is in Sabah, Malaysia. Back in 1997, the certification of Deramakot Forest Reserve was progressive; moves to create Malaysia’s own national forest certification had not even begun yet.
“Sabah received its first FSC certificate almost 15 years ago. Now, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Sabah Forestry Department, we are all here today. And so we take this opportunity to talk to Datuk Sam, Manager of the Deramakot Forest Reserve, about their work”.
“Kota Kinabalu a marvelous conference venue,” FSC Chairperson. THE 6th Triennial General Assembly of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah (June 25-July 1, 2011) has been acclaimed “the best attended” in the history of the organization.
38 motions were voted on Thursday and Friday of which 27 passed and 11 failed. The liveliness of discussions that preceded voting demonstrated once again the enthusiasm and commitment of all FSC members. A major highlight on Friday was that Motion 51 on “Strengthening the Controlled Wood System” passed unanimously.
FSC announces at its 6th General Assembly in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah that the FSM’s Standards Development Group has been approved. The development of a Malaysian FSC Standards now commences!
HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd will provide RM150,000 in financial support in its partnership with Forest Sustainability (M) Sdn Bhd (FSM) to help the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) develop the standards in the country.