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New Zealand Consults on National Forest Certification Stand

New Zealand Consults on National Forest Certification Standard

Standards New Zealand, New Zealand’s leading developer of Standards and Standards-based solution, has called on national stakeholders to provide input into the draft DZ 4708, the draft National Sustainable Forest Management Standard.

This draft standard is a proposed adoption of AS 4708:2013 Sustainable Forest Management, which has recently been revised by Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.

AS 4708 provides forest owners and managers with environmental, economic, social, and cultural criteria that support the sustainable management of forests. By adopting this Australian standard it is proposed that New Zealand users will have a voluntary standard that:

• provides a means by which exporters of New Zealand forest products can demonstrate compliance with importing countries’ requirements for legally sourced wood and wood-based products

• may be applied by farm foresters to woodlots, as well as to large plantation forests

• may be applied to native forests, whether or not they are used for production purposes.

A standards development committee comprised of a range of New Zealand stakeholders has been formed to assess the appropriateness of AS 4708 for use in New Zealand.

“There is a strong interest by stakeholders in the international recognition provided by PEFC.

“PEFC supports the development of a national sustainable forest management standard, which will provide New Zealand stakeholders with a viable option to provide evidence for their sustainable practices. There is a strong interest in the international recognition and endorsement provided by PEFC, and we are looking forward to working closely with forest owners, industry representatives, Standards New Zealand and other interested parties to outline potential ways forward,” said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General, following a range of meetings with stakeholders in New Zealand.

Mr Gunneberg had meetings in Wellington and Auckland with Forest Managers and Supply organisations over a three day visit. During his visit he spoke at the PEFC NZ Promotions Initiative seminar in Auckland on Wednesday.

‘This was the optimal time for Ben to be visiting New Zealand. The rapid progress of Standards New Zealand and the New Zealand Wood & Wood Products Stakeholders in addressing the need for a National Standard identified the importance of ensuring that PEFC was fully aware and able to offer support for the possible global recognition of the National Standard through the PEFC Alliance.’ said Kayt Watts Managing Director, Ingénue Consultancy and primary partner in bringing Mr Gunnerberg to New Zealand.

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