Annoucement: Development of Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Forest Plantations)

This is to inform all stakeholders that a 12-member Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising representatives from multi-stakeholder groups, i.e. environmental, social, economic and relevant government agencies, nominated during respective regional consultations in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, have been formed to develop a standard for the certification of forest plantations, i.e. the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Forest Plantations) or in short MC&I(Forest Plantations).

The need to develop a standard for the certification of forest plantations in Malaysia was deliberated at the various meetings of the multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee (NSC) including the convening of a National Workshop on Standard for Certification of Plantation Forests.  This led to the decision to form a special TWG to undertake the task of developing the standard.  This is in view of the growing importance of forest plantations as a source of logs, and in providing raw materials to the furniture, medium density fibreboard (MDF) and moulding sectors in Malaysia, as well as the fact some of these products have been exported to socially and environmentally sensitive markets where certification is increasingly demanded.

The 12-member TWG held its meeting on 5-6 July 2006. For more information related to the development of the MC&I(Forest Plantations), all stakeholders are requested to contact the Members of the TWG from their respective regions or the NSC Secretariat. Contact details of the Members of the TWG and the NSC Secretariat are as shown in Table 1 while the proposed schedule of implementation of activities of the TWG is as shown in Table 2.

Table 1: Contact Details of Members of TWG and NSC Secretariat


Stakeholder Group Sabah Sarawak Peninsular Malaysia
Social Dr. Benedict Topin

Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA)

Pejabat Koissan Hangkod Koissan

7 Km Jln Penampang

W.D.T 39

89509 Penampang

Tel: 088-713690

Fax: 088-713350


Ding Seling

Orang Ulu National Association (OUNA)

No10, Lot 715

Jalan Wui Lee

Off Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli’


Fax: 082-575660


Mohd Khalid Atan

Timber Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia (TEUPM)

No. 10A, Tingkat Satu, Jalan AU 5C/14,

Ulu Kelang, Ampang,


Tel:          03-4107 3594

Fax:         03-4107 8180


Environmental Linda E Giyung

WWF Malaysia (Sabah Branch)

Suite 1-6-W11, 6th Floor, CPS tower

Centre Point Complex

No. 1, Jalan Centre Point

88000 Kota Kinabalu

P. O. Box 14393

88850 Kota Kinabalu

Tel: 088-262 420

Fax: 088-242 531


Rebecca D’ Cruz

MNS – Sarawak Branch

c/o Aonyx Environmental

18, Jalan Urat Mata

Tabuan Jaya


Tel: 082-428 004

Fax: 082-424 084



Sanath Kumaran

Wetlands International – Malaysia’s Office

3A37, Kelana Centre Point,
Kelana Jaya,

No. 3, Jalan SS 7/19,


Tel: 03-7804 6770

Fax: 03-7804 6772



Economic Mohd Daud Tampokong

Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd (Yayasan Sabah)

Tingkat 9, Wisma Innoprise

Teluk Likas

Peti Surat 11623

88817 Kota Kinabalu

Tel: 088-326 300

Fax: 088-243 244



Barney Chan

Sarawak Timber Association (STA)

11th Floor, Wisma STA,

No. 26, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim,


Tel: 082-332 222

Fax: 082-487 888


Dr. Chin Tuck Yuan

Mieco Wood Products Sdn. Bhd.

Lot 74, Kawasan Perindustrian Gebeng,

26080 Kuantan, Pahang

Tel: 09-583 5120

Fax: 09-583 3408



Relevant Government Agency Jeflus Sinajin

Sabah Forestry Department

Locked Beg No. 68

90009 Sandakan

Tel: 089-669 652 ext(428)

Fax: 089-671 713



Elbson Marajan

Sustainable Forestry and Compliance Unit

Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (SFC)

Level 12, Office Tower

Hock Lee Centre

Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim


Tel: 082-348 001

Fax: 082-488 654


Tuan Haji Zulkefli bin Haji Mokhtar

Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM)

Jalan Sultan Salahuddin


Tel: 03-2616 4567

Fax: 03-2692 5657



NSC Secretariat NSC Secretariat

c/o Malaysian Timber Certification Council

19F, Level 19, Menara PGRM,

No. 8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras,

56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 603-9200 5008                                Fax: 603-9200 6008




Table 2: Proposed Schedule of Implementation of Activities of TWG


No. Activity Date
1. Formation of TWG February 2006
2. Preparation of a Working Document on draft Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Forest Plantations) [MC&I(Forest Plantations)] by appointed consultant March-April 2006
3. Expert Group Meeting to discuss Working Document prepared by Consultant 25 May 2006
3. First meeting of TWG to initiate preparation of 1st draft of MC&I(Forest Plantations) 5-6 July 2006
4. Second meeting of TWG to finalise 1st draft of MC&I(Forest Plantations) 3 August 2006
5. Regional Consultations on 1st draft of MC&I(Forest Plantations)[Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia] August to September 2006
6. Third meeting of TWG to consider feedback from regional consultations and prepare 2nd draft 17 October 2006
7. 2nd draft of MC&I(Forest Plantations) placed on website for public comments November 2006
8. National Consultation to adopt final draft of MC&I(Forest Plantations) January 2007
9. Field testing of MC&I(Forest Plantations) February 2007
10. Fourth meeting of TWG to finalise MC&I(Forest Plantations) March 2007
11. Adoption of MC&I(Forest Plantations) by NSC April 2007