Announcement: Review of the MC&I(Natural Forest)

Announcement on the Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) [MC&I(Natural Forest)]

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest), or in short MC&I(Natural Forest) which is the standard used for forest management certification of the natural forest under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) since July 2012 is now due for a review.

According to the MTCS technical document entitled Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards (SSP3/2014), the forest management standard used is required to be reviewed at least every five years in order to ensure continuous improvement. It is anticipated that the entire review process would take 22 months and would involve the conduct of public comments on enquiry draft, meetings of Standards Review Committee (SRC) and regional consultations. The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) is expected to be concluded in 2017.

Based on the outcome of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue 2015 held on 28 July, the upcoming review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) will consider merging and incorporating the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into a single document.

Please find below the links to the letters sent out on 8 October 2015 to stakeholders by region as follows:

  1. Letter to Stakeholders in Sabah
  2. Letter to Stakeholders in Sarawak
  3. Letter to Stakeholders in Peninsular Malaysia

We would appreciate any comment and suggestion on the (i) Proposed Process and Timelines for Review of the MC&I and Streamlining of Forest Management Certification Standards and (ii) Identified Stakeholders by Interest Groups. Kindly provide your comments and suggestions by filling up the “Stakeholder Comment Form” and submit it to Mr. Cheah Chi Ern by email (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax 03-2161 2293 by 8 November 2015. Please be informed that this announcement has been communicated by e-mail/and post to all the relevant stakeholder groups in Malaysia as per listed.

 


 

Pengumuman Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia bagi Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) [MC&I(Hutan Asli)]

Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia bagi Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) atau secara ringkasnya MC&I(Hutan Asli), adalah merupakan standard yang digunakan untuk pensijilan pengurusan hutan asli di bawah Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCS) sejak bulan  Julai 2012 dan kini perlu disemak semula.

Menurut Peraturan Proses Penetapan Standard untuk Membangunkan Standard Pensijilan Kayu (Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards) (SSP3/2014) di bawah MTCS, suatu standard pengurusan hutan perlu disemak semula dalam tempoh tidak melebihi 5 tahun untuk penambahbaikan yang berterusan. Proses ini dijangka mengambil masa 22 bulan untuk dimuktamadkan, dan akan melibatkan konsultasi umum pada draf pertanyaan, mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Semakan Semula Standard (SRC), dan rundingan peringkat serantau. Semakan semula MC&I(Hutan Asli) dijangka dimuktamadkan dalam tahun 2017.

Berdasarkan keputusan Dialog Pihak Berkepentingan MTCC (MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue) yang telah diadakan pada 28 Julai, semakan standard MC&I(Hutan Asli) ini akan turut memberi pertimbangan untuk  menggabungkan dan menyeragamkan keperluan MC&I(Ladang Hutan) sebagai satu dokumen.

Tertera di bawah adalah pautan kepada surat yang dihantar pada 8 Oktober 2015 kepada pihak berkepentingan mengikut rantau seperti berikut:

  1. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Sabah
  2. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Sarawak
  3. Surat kepada Pihak Berkepentingan di Semenanjung Malaysia

Kami sangat menghargai komen dan cadangan mengenai (i) Cadangan Proses dan Rangkawaktu bagi Semakan Semula MC&I(Hutan Asli) dan Penyelarasan Standard Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan dan (ii) Pihak Berkepentingan yang Dikenalpasti mengikut Kumpulan Kepentingan. Sila berikan komen dan cadangan anda dengan mengisi “Borang Komen Pihak Berkepentingan” dan menyerahkan kepada En Cheah Chi Ern melalui e-mel (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks 03-2191 2293 sebelum 8 November 2015. Harap maklum bahawa pengumuman ini telah dihantar kepada semua pihak berkepentingan yang berkaitan di Malaysia seperti yang disenaraikan melalui e-mel dan pos.

Review of MC&I(Natural Forest): First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest):
First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

MTCC is pleased to inform you that the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest)[MC&I(Natural Forest)] is now subjected to first public comment period starting from 16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016. Stakeholders are invited to submit theircommentsits and/or proposals for amendment / deletion / addition on the current MC&I(Natural Forest) providing justification for your proposals, as well as your suggested wording for the proposed changes. Please submit your comments by utilising the First Public Comment Feedback Form either by e-mail to Mr Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax to 03-2161 2293 or by post to MTCC latest by 15 January 2016.

Your kind cooperation and support in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 


 

Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli):
Komen Umum Peringkat Pertama (16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016)

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli) [MC&I(Hutan Asli)] sekarang dibuka untuk komen umum peringkat pertama bermula daripada 16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016. Pihak-pihak berkepentingan dijemput untuk mengemukakan komen dan/atau cadangan untuk pemindaan / pengguguran / penambahan kepada MC&I(Hutan Asli) dengan memberikan komen serta cadangan bagi pindaan tersebut. Sila berikan ulasan tuan/puan dengan menggunakan Borang Maklum Balas Komen Umum Kali Pertama dan mengemukakannya melalui email kepada En Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks kepada 03-2161 2293 atau melalui pos kepada MTCC sebelum 15 Januari 2016

Kerjasama dan sokongan tuan/puan dalam perkara ini amat dihargai. Sekian, terima kasih.

Reminder: Review of MC&I(Natural Forest): First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

REMINDER

Review of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest)
First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)

 

Further to our announcement dated 17 November 2015 regarding the above matter, we would like to gently remind all stakeholder groups that we are at the halfway-mark for the first public comment period for the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) which has commenced on 16 November and will end on 15 January 2016.

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and/or proposals for amendment / deletion / addition on the current MC&I(Natural Forest) providing justification for your proposals, as well as your suggested wording for the proposed changes. Please submit your comments by utilising the First Public Comment Feedback Form either by e-mail to Mr Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) or by fax to 03-2161 2293 or by post to MTCC latest by 15 January 2016.

For further information on the standard review process, please contact Miss Siti Syaliza Mustapha at siti@mtcc.com.my or call 03-2161 2298.

 


PERINGATAN

Semakan Semula Kriteria dan Petunjuk Malaysia untuk Pensijilan Pengurusan Hutan (Hutan Asli)
Komen Umum Peringkat Pertama (16 November 2015 – 15 Januari 2016)

 

Lanjutan dari penguguman bertarikh 17 November 2015 tentang perkara di atas, kami ingin mengingatkan semua pihak-pihak berkepentingan bahawa kami berada di tempoh pertengahan bagi komen umum peringkat pertama untuk proses semakan semula MC&I(Hutan Asli). Proses komen umum peringkat pertama ini bermula pada 16 November dan akan tamat pada 16 Januari 2016.

Pihak-pihak berkepentingan dijemput untuk mengemukakan komen dan/atau cadangan untuk pemindaan / pengguguran / penambahan kepada MC&I(Hutan Asli) dengan memberikan komen serta cadangan bagi pindaan tersebut. Sila berikan ulasan tuan/puan dengan menggunakan Borang Maklum Balas Komen Umum Kali Pertama dan mengemukakannya melalui email kepada En Cheah Chi Ern (cheah@mtcc.com.my) atau melalui faks kepada 03-2161 2293 atau melalui pos kepada MTCC sebelum 15 Januari 2016

Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai proses semakan semula standard, sila hubungi Cik Siti Syaliza Mustapha di siti@mtcc.com.my atau telefon 03-2161 2298.

Summary of First Public Comment on Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

In line with the Process and Timelines for the Review of the MC&I(Natural Forest), the first 60-day Public Comment on the MC&I(Natural Forest) had been conducted from 16 November 2015 to 15 January 2016.  

Sixteen organisations have submitted feedback, as follows:

  1. Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM)
  2. Asiatic Organic Farm Sdn Bhd
  3. Zedtee Sdn Bhd
  4. Penang Institute
  5. Forever Sabah (LEAP)
  6. Nature, Ecology and People Consult Sdn Bhd (NEPCon)
  7. WCS – Malaysia Program
  8. WWF-Malaysia 
  9. Sabah Forestry Department
  10. Global Environment Centre (GEC)
  11. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  12. Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia
  13. Timberwell Bhd
  14. Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)
  15. Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak
  16. TH Plantations Bhd

Please “click” on the organisation link to view the feedback, comments and proposals submitted.

The feedback received will be tabled at the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for deliberation, tentatively scheduled to be held from 12 – 14 April 2016. The SRC is the main body responsible for the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest), comprised of 15-member representatives from the environment, industry, indigenous people, worker and relevant government agencies from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.  

As the Secretariat, MTCC takes this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for making the effort to study the MC&I(Natural Forest) and in submitting your comments and proposals.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.

Formation of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

The formation of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) for the review of MC&I(Natural Forest) has been completed in line with the requirement of the SSP 3/2014 Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards. The SRC is a committee elected by the respective stakeholder groups i.e. the relevant government agency, indigenous people, workers, environment and industry from the three regions of Malaysia i.e. Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular to spearhead the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest).

The formation of the SRC has been initiated through a letter dated 13 November 2015 which was sent to all stakeholder groups by post and e-mail to facilitate the nomination of candidates for consideration to become Member of the SRC. Stakeholder groups are encouraged to nominate candidates who possess relevant knowledge and expertise to represent their respective stakeholder group in the standard review process. MTCC compiled the list of nominations received and circulated it for election by the members of the respective stakeholder group. For each stakeholder group, the candidate who received the highest number of votes was elected as the Member while the candidate with the second highest number of votes was elected as the Alternate Member of the SRC. Where there were only two candidates nominated, consultations between the candidates were held to determine the Member and Alternate Member. The elected Member and Alternate Member of the SRC is as shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1:  Elected Members and Alternate Members of the Standards Review Committee (SRC)

Region

Stakeholder Group

Member

Alternate Member

Sabah

Relevant Government Agency

Musa Salleh
Sabah Forestry Department

Hamidah Bujing
Sabah Forestry Department

Indigenous People

Native Chief Saniban bin Amphila
United Sabah Dusun Association

Sagoli Olid
Persatuan Suang Lotud Sabah

Worker

Engrit Liaw Siau Fang
Sabah Timber industry Employees Union

Apolinar Tolentino
Building and Wood Workers International

Environment

Omar Abdul Kadir
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society

Vitalis J. Moduying
Environment Protection Department

Industry

Raymond Chiew Vui Leong
Timber Association Sabah

Stephen Chaw Zie Shing
Sabah Timber Industries Association

Sarawak

Relevant Government Agency

Tessy Anak Nimos
Kementerian Perancangan Sumber & Alam Sekitar Sarawak

Abang Ahmad bin Abang Morni
Forest Department Sarawak

Indigenous People

Elbson Marajan Pengeran
Sarawak Dayak National Union

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramy Bulan
Kelabit Land Council

Worker

Zaidi Buang
Union of Forestry Employees Sarawak

Lo Kian Nyan
Malaysian Trade Union Congress Sarawak

Environment

Dr Melvin Gumal
WCS – Malaysia Program

Dr Jason Hon
WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak Office)

Industry

Ling Kiang Cheng
Sarawak Timber Association

Ting Jack Hui
Sarawak Timber Association

Peninsular Malaysia

Relevant Government Agency

Mohd. Rahim bin Rani
Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia

Shashiah binti Abdul Karim
Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia

Indigenous People

Manolan Mohamad
Aktivis Hak Orang Asli

Suhaimi bin Mahmud
Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli

Worker

Mohd. Najid Shauqi b. Mohd. Sahar @ Ishak
Malay Forest Officers Union

Abd. Halim b. Abu
Malay Forest Officers Union

Environment

Francis Cheong Fook Meng
WCS – Malaysia Program

Balu Perumal
Malaysian Nature Society

Industry

Goh Chee Yew
Malaysian Wood Industries Association

Dr Eric Ng Kok Leong
Malaysian Timber Council

 

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments / inputs with regard to the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) through their elected representative(s) in the SRC. Alternatively, comments can also be submitted directly to the Secretariat during the review process, through the second public comment period and the regional consultations that will be held in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular. Stakeholders will be duly informed of the conduct of these two public consultation events.

Should you have any enquiry regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.

Consideration and Decision on Comments Received During the First Public Comment period for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest)

Comments received during the First Public Comment period for the Review of MC&I(Natural Forest) conducted from 16 November 2015 to 15 January 2016, were tabled for the consideration and decision of the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) held from 12 – 14 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. The outcome of the deliberations can be viewed and downloaded here. The Secretariat had also circulated the outcome of the deliberations to those stakeholders who have submitted their comments.

The Secretariat would like to thank all stakeholders for their comments submitted during the First Public Comment period. Any outstanding comments will be deliberated at the second meeting of the SRC scheduled to be held on 21 – 23 September 2016. The Second Meeting of the SRC will prepare the Enquiry Draft 1 of the revised standard, which will take into consideration the proposed streamlining the MC&I(Natural Forest) and MC&I Forest Plantation.v2.

Should you have any enquiry regarding the review process, please send an email to melvin@mtcc.com.my.