Announcement: Review of MC&I(2002) – Second Public Comment

FIRST DRAFT OF THE MC&I(NATURAL FOREST)

(Comment Period: 10 March – 9 April 2010)

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification [MC&I(2002)] which is the standard used for forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) since October 2005 is being subjected to its first review.  This review is in line with international practices that the certification standard used is to be reviewed at least every five years to ensure continuous improvement.

In line with our earlier announcement related to the above matter, and in accordance with the Process and Proposed Timelines for the Review of MC&I(2002), the Secretariat is pleased to inform that the First Meeting of the Standards Review Committee (SRC) has been held on 29-30 October and 15-16 December 2009 to deliberate on the Working Draft prepared by the Secretariat.  As a result of the meeting, the SRC has prepared the First Draft of the revised standard [henceforth called the MC&I(Natural Forest)]. Deliberations of the First Meeting of the SRC on the Working Draft resulting in the First Draft are as recorded in the Minutes of the said meeting.

The Secretariat is also pleased to announce that the First Draft of the revised standard will now be subjected to a 30-day Second Public Comment commencing from 10 March – 9 April 2010.

In this connection, the Secretariat would like to invite you to provide your comments and or proposals for any amendments/deletions/additions to the First Draft.

To facilitate the compilation of the comments by the Secretariat, we would appreciate if the comments are submitted based on the following format.

We would greatly appreciate if you could kindly submit your comments to the Secretariat via e-mail at info@mtcc.com.my or via facsimile at 603-92006008 or via post to the following address not later than 9 April 2010:

Chief Executive Officer,
Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC),
19 F, Level 19, Tower 1, Menara PGRM,
No. 8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
(Attn: Mr. Yong Teng Koon)

For further information about the standard review process, please contact Mr. Yong at yongtk@mtcc.com.my or call 603-92005008.  Information and progress of the review process is posted on the MTCC website at http://www.mtcc.com.my.
[Note: This announcement on the Second Public Comment on the First Draft of the MC&I(Natural Forest) has also been communicated in writing to the relevant stakeholders groups in Malaysia and we look forward to your continued cooperation and active participation in the review process.]