MTCC joins the global communities in celebrating the United Nations -designated International Day of Forests on 21 March – a day dedicated to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and celebrate the manifold ways in which these forests sustain and protect us.
This global event aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and celebrate the manifold ways in which these forests sustain and protect mankind.
Themed “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the 2018 celebration emphasises on “Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live!” This tagline is most apt taking into account growing urbanisation and the fact that half of the world’s population today live in cities and the urban population is expected to surpass six billion by 2045. Just weeks ago, 165 nations congregated in Malaysia to participate in the Ninth Session of the “World Urban Forum” – a forum that is committed to finding solutions to create sustainable cities by 2030.
According to Kennedy et al , a sustainable city can only be one for which the inflow of material and energy resources, and the disposal of wastes, do not exceed the capacity of the city’s surrounding environment. In other words, for achieving environmental sustainability urban consumption must match or be below what the natural environment — such as forests, soil and oceans — can provide, and the resulting pollutants must not overwhelm the environment’s ability to provide resources to humans and other members of the ecosystem. Kennedy et al also highlighted the main challenge for today’s cities is to manage the heavy dependence on ecosystem services, which results in the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity and the efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while prioritising public health and quality of life.
In general, environmental sustainability in the urban setting focuses on the roles of urban forestry and green spaces as carbon sinks, filter for air and noise pollution, improve local climate and in certain instances the provision of renewable energy as well as habitats and refuge for plants and animals, and in the process, helps to maintain and increase biodiversity in the cities.
From the perspective of MTCC, an independent organisation which was established to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management in Malaysia, the theme for celebration in Malaysia could well be worded as “Sustainable Forests and Sustainable Cities.” As reflected in tagline “Sustainable Forest, Sustainable Future”, MTCC holds the view that sustainable forest is all encompassing and key to Malaysia’s overall national sustainability agenda, including the sustainability of our cities.
One key aspect of the sustainability of city is inevitably the availability and affordability of clean water supply. Take the city of Kuala Lumpur as an example – undeniably the landscape of Kuala Lumpur has changed tremendously over the years. The KL Twin Towers are no longer the only high-rise towers around, with sky scrapers be it commercial buildings or residential blocks mushrooming and rising higher and higher into the air. Within each high-rise building, water pipes are laid and thousands of taps are fixed with expectation that water will flow from these taps upon the issuance of the certificate of fitness and keys to occupy the buildings or residential units. With regard to this matter, MTCC often posed this question in our interaction with our stakeholders, “Where do you think the water will come from to meet the increasing demand?” A very pertinent question that all concerned citizens should be interested in asking and knowing.
We need not elaborate the hardship of having no water supply and the woes it caused in our homes. The latest episode in early March where most of the areas in the Klang Valley were affected by a one-week water disruption is a case in point. The fear of water shortage is also reflected in the concerns frequently raised by many parties over the impacts of logging in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, a water catchment forest in Kedah. Any disruption in water supply would affect the livelihood of some 4 million people and the economic activities in the State of Kedah, Perlis and Penang.
We definitely do not want what happened in Cape Town, South Africa to happen here. With dam levels predicted to decline to critically low levels, the city has announced plans for “Day Zero” in July 2018, when the Municipal water supply will largely be shut off, potentially making Cape Town the first major city to run out of water affecting some 4 million residents living within the city.
The benefits that forests provide to mankind have been too numerous to list. The provision of clean water is just one of them. Besides being the treasure trove of biodiversity for both plant and animal species, forests are also an economic resource and provide sustainable livelihood, energy, medicine and more importantly valuable ecosystem services. Our forests have been performing vital roles as carbon sink, excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants and particles in the air and homes for the indigenous peoples.
Hence, MTCC advocates the importance of sustainable forest management to ensure the varied functions of the forests are protected for posterity and the well-being of the nation. In this context, MTCC is committed to promote the practice of sustainable forest management which includes the protection of water catchment forest through the implementation of the MTCS.
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) recently participated in the 14th edition of Export Furniture Exhibition Malaysia (EFE) 2018, held from 9th to 12th March 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, to further boost awareness for MTCS certification.
Responding to rising demands for products with strong social or environmental credentials, MTCC believes this is the right time for furniture manufacturers to source responsibly so they will be able to convey to customers that the wood they are using originates from sustainability managed forests.
Last year, the nation’s wooden furniture export amounted to RM1.8 billion representing 80 per cent of the total furniture export earnings.
The Export Furniture Exhibition has been regarded by the furniture industry experts as one of Asia’s premier sourcing platforms. The event was presented by the Malaysia Furniture Council and organised by its wholly-owned company, EFE Expo Sdn Bhd. This year, over 15,000 buyers, importers, exporters, traders and visitors from over 140 countries attended the exhibition.
Visitors at the MTCC booth
The State Government of Sarawak has announced the commitment for all long term forest timber licences to be certified by 2022.
In response to this announcement, Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) jointly organised a workshop to identify gaps and opportunities in implementing forest management certification (FMC) in Sarawak from 5 to 6 February 2018 at Wisma STA, Kuching. The conduct of this 2-day workshop is timely as it aims to identify (i) gaps faced by long term forest timber licence holders in Sarawak to obtain forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), and (ii) opportunities as well as resources that are necessary in closing the gaps.
The workshop was attended by a total of 110 participants comprising STA members and officers from Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDNR), Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (SFCSB), Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Harwood Timber Sdn Bhd (HTSB), Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) and Department of Environment (DOE) Sarawak.
The Acting Director of Forests, Tuan Hamden Haji Mohammad in his speech acknowledged the tremendous challenges involved for Sarawak in achieving full FMC by 2022. He iterated that the State will assist and support the timber industry and urged other relevant agencies to work together through State Steering Committee and FMC Technical Committee (FMCTC) to achieve this agenda.
The main gaps identified are summarized as (i) lack of expertise and capacity to fulfill the requirements of FMC standards, (ii) conflicting interpretation of native customary rights relating to lands and use of resources within the forest management unit (FMU) by different stakeholders, and (iii) differing requirements covering similar aspects in guidelines formulated by different agencies.
The Workshop noted that the Certification Masterplan for Sarawak is being formulated and proposed to include consideration on the resources needed to achieve the certification agenda in accordance with the timeline set. With regard to the draft Forest Management Certification Licence Agreement (FMCLA), the Workshop hoped that the concerns raised by the timber industry would be taken into account.
This workshop has provided a good platform for the timber industry, forestry and other related agencies to collaborate in achieving the State Government’s aspiration towards full FMC in Sarawak by 2022.
PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Group Forest Management Certification standard – PEFC ST 1002:201X.
This standard defines the general requirements for national forest certification systems with group forest management certification.
This public consultation is one in a series of upcoming consultations as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for several of the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!
This consultation is open from 19 December 2017 until 18 February 2018. Please submit your comments through our online consultation tool.
Group certification is a mechanism through which groups of small-forest landholders can organize themselves, pool their resources and work together to achieve certification. This makes certification accessible for small-forest owners.
The key to successful group certification is to balance the need for robust implementation of our requirements with the need to be as resource efficient as possible.
Group certification works through a combination of internal and external auditing. As not every smallholder is audited, costs are substantially lower, helping make certification accessible. However, this means that internal auditing must work flawlessly.
The revised standard will provide an innovative framework for internal monitoring and auditing in certified groups with a chapter on ‘performance evaluation’. This will include improved requirements for internal auditing, such as risk based sampling groups and minimum sample size, as well as strengthening the management system of the group itself.
By strengthening the internal auditing process, we can be even more assured that all forest owners within a group are managing their forests in line with the requirements and small-forest owners can continue to benefit from affordable certification.
If you have any question about the revision process, please get in touch with our contact point:
Technical Officer, PEFC International
Kuala Lumpur, 26 December 2017 – Signature International Berhad, a Bursa-listed company, achieved a significant milestone with its subsidiary Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd becoming the first in the kitchen systems sector to obtain the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).
Signature International Berhad designs, produces, markets and distributes kitchen systems under its flagship brand Signature Kitchen, the nation’s leading brand for kitchen cabinet and wardrobe.
Congratulating Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd on its achievement, MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon said, “I am pleased to see a well-established brand like Signature Kitchen embracing sustainability requirements in the manufacture of its kitchen cabinets and wardrobes. The MTCS CoC certification is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing and manufacturing, and its upholding of environmental integrity while meeting customers’ needs. In this regard, I truly hope that the business leadership of Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd will spur more manufacturers to join us in our efforts to promote sustainable forest management to protect our environment and natural resources through certification under the MTCS.”
The MTCS is a national timber certification scheme developed and operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) that promotes sustainable forest management practices. Since its implementation in 2001, and as of 30 November 2017, a total of 4.12 million hectares of forest areas and 359 timber companies have been certified under the MTCS.
The MTCS Chain of Custody Certificate was presented to Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd by Puan Nor’ Afiza Saim, Senior General Manager for Management System Certification, from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd, a MTCS-notified certification body at the Signature Kitchen Lifestyle Gallery in Kota Damansara.
The CoC certification allows Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd to label its kitchen cabinets and wardrobes containing timber materials as MTCS-certified products, as a mark of its compliance to the sustainability requirements under the MTCS. The qualified use of the MTCS/PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) label on its timber products brings added value and builds the brand’s credibility as the MTCS is also endorsed by PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification programme.
“Signature Kitchen builds trust with our customers by providing reliable quality products, in this case delivering sustainable kitchen cabinets that take into consideration the impact of our business on the well-being of forests. We are delighted to be awarded the MTCS certification as a testament of our commitment to promoting sustainable forest management and ensuring our products have less undesirable effects on the environment,” said Signature International Berhad Group Managing Director, Mr Tan Kee Choong.
“We congratulate and welcome Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd to the MTCS family. As the manufacturer of an established brand and having direct contact with end consumers, Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd has enormous influence to raise awareness of the public on the importance of sustainable forest management and timber certification. All of us must do our bit for the environment. It is therefore important that the awareness of consumers on this matter be heightened so that they will make conscious choices to purchase MTCS-certified timber products,” Yong concluded.
The Signature Group
Signature is built on a tradition of trusted and reliable product quality. Its humble beginnings in 1994 as a distributor and retailer of modular kitchen systems has enabled Signature to keep its perspective, while consistently striving for growth.
Signature’s portfolio thrives on maintaining a good balance between project and retail clients. Architects and designers from local and international developments appreciate the unparalleled versatility offered by Signature.
Signature International Bhd was incorporated and listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 2008; today it consolidates its position as the largest retail network chain for living space solutions in Malaysia, bringing together a world of lifestyle inspirations and innovative kitchen and wardrobe ideas that offer value to homeowners. Signature Manufacturing Sdn Bhd and Signature Kitchen Sdn Bhd are wholly owned subsidiaries of Signature International Berhad.
Kuala Lumpur, 7 December 2017 – Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Nature, or photos of it, inherently exudes a sense of peace and deep understanding found only in the presence of greenery, colourful wildlife, and blue oceans. While many of us tend to get caught up in the routine of city living, our instinct to draw close to nature in strenuous moments often seem to come almost naturally.
With the aim of inspiring people to appreciate mother nature and forest in particular, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) inaugural photography contest themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS–PEFC” mobilized participants to snap their best shots of the lush forests and its landscape, its wildlife and indigenous people as well as those contributing to preserving this heritage. The 21 winners of the Contest were announced and received their prizes at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) 2017 – the largest imaging event in Malaysia, on 25 November 2017.
“The MTCC Photography Contest provided a platform for photography enthusiasts to explore the beauty of nature through their camera lenses. In Malaysia, our tropical forests are especially precious because of its biodiversity and long-standing role as a support system for our society. As such, we wanted to give photographers an avenue to be in touch with nature and appreciate this precious resource through the hobby of capturing images,” said MTCC CEO Mr Yong Teng Koon.
“Most people are also unaware of the work done by forestry people to protect and care for our forests. We wanted the public to be informed of the efforts needed to manage our tropical forests and to appreciate the caretakers of this national heritage. Our collaboration with PCP Publications for the photography contest was fitting to communicate this message to the public, some of whom are already passionate about both nature and photography,” shared Yong.
A shot capturing a magnificent waterfall at the Royal Belum State Park in Perak as seen through a hollow log earned Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Hamid the overall grand prize. The photo bagged him a cash prize of RM2,000.
“I am very touched and proud to have my photo chosen as the Grand Prize photo of MTCC’s inaugural photography contest. My hope is that this photo will be a source of inspiration to other photographers to produce many more creative images of local forests and introduce Malaysia’s natural beauty to the world,” said Abdul Hafiz who is a technical officer by profession.
First prize winners in each category received RM1,200 each. Two merit prizes of RM600 per category, and five consolation prizes of RM200 each per category were also awarded. In addition, all winners received a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. The winning photos were displayed for viewing at the KLPF 2017; showcasing varying takes on Malaysia’s wonderful natural heritage.
Entries were shortlisted and judged based on several criteria, namely creativity, relevancy to the theme, originality and overall impact. The judging panel for the contest were made up of PCP Publications editor-in-chief, Jessica Chan; MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon; and Founder and Director at Nusantara Photography, Ashraf Saharudin, who himself is a nature-loving person with more than 10 years of experience in the photography industry.
Commenting on the contest submissions, Yong said, “We were very impressed by the quality of the entries as they truly captured our Malaysian forests in their raw beauty. The winning photos were particularly successful in depicting the splendor of our forests and, in our opinion, were able to instill in its viewers a sense of gratitude toward Mother Nature.”
Organised in collaboration with PCP Publications, the contest which was held from 5 July to 15 October 2017 garnered a total submission of 837 photos from 95 photographers across three categories.
Category 1 (Forests and People) required participants to capture images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the sustainable management and well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources, including foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples. Category 2 (Forests and Forest Landscapes) sought for shots capturing a forest’s natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness in form and structure. They included the geological or climatological features and natural environment of the Malaysian forest. While Category 3 (Forests and Animals) invited participants to capture images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.
As the backbone of Malaysia’s economy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an immense role in helping to push the country’s socio-economy growth and development. Participating in the 20th SME Annual Showcase & Conference 2017 (SMIDEX), the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) joined other industry players and government agencies to highlight on new growth opportunities for SMEs.
During the event, representatives from MTCC shared insights on how timber certification could benefit SMEs operating in the timber and timber-related sector. Timber certification scheme such as the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) has been proven to be an effective tool to enable timber and timber-related Malaysian companies create competitive market position and brand image for their products as well as helping them meet national and international procurement policies. SMEs can also showcase leadership on sustainability and communicate their commitments for good environmental practices to access markets which demand sustainable timber.
“SMIDEX 2017 has provided MTCC a platform to exhibit and promote the use and trade of certified timber, and increase SMEs interest to include products made from such materials in their business. We also had the chance to spread awareness on the importance of SFM to everyone who visited SMIDEX 2017,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.
SMIDEX 2017, the largest established SME showcase, was held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur from 15 to 17 November 2017. This year’s event was themed “Embracing Change, Enhancing Gain” and effectively featured showcases by SMEs, large companies and multinational corporations. SMIDEX 2017 attracted 316 local exhibitors and a total of 11,195 trade visitors.
Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2017 – Timber concessions in Sarawak will be required to obtain forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) to demonstrate that they are responsibly managed. The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) applauds this commitment made by the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, at the State Assembly.
“Forest certification is an important instrument to promote and verify the implementation of sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests provide,” explained Yong Teng Koon, Chief Executive Officer of MTCC.
“Furthermore, as the forestry and timber industries contribute significantly towards the socio-economic development of the country, it is imperative that Malaysia is able to demonstrate its forest sustainability credentials through certification,” added Yong.
Forest certification is gaining momentum as there is an increasing awareness and realisation among policy makers, businesses and consumers for the need to embed sustainability in procurement through responsible sourcing. This wave of green consumerism is expected to grow. Malaysian forest product manufacturers therefore must embrace sustainable practices and sourcing as an integral part of their business strategy and commitment.
Embracing forest certification will also assist Malaysia in achieving international commitments and national policies on environment, biodiversity, climate change and contribute towards its national sustainable development goals (SDGs).
“The announcement by the Deputy Chief Minister is therefore most encouraging and timely as it can act as a catalyst to ensure further uptake of forest certification in line with national sustainability agenda. We will work closely with stakeholders in Sarawak and provide the needed guidance on the requirements to obtain forest certification. Ultimately, it must be demonstrated that forest management practices are in compliance with the requirements outlined in the MTCS before certification can be granted,” concluded Yong.
The MTCS sets requirements for sustainable forest management certification in Malaysia, and has achieved PEFC endorsement in 2009. PEFC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the largest forest certification system in the world.
Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2017 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), in an effort to promote academic excellence and inculcate a love for forests amongst university students, recently presented Academic Awards to three forestry undergraduates from two local universities.
The 2017 Awards were won by Norazlin Binti Rosli and Lim E Yee, both from the Faculty of Forest, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); and Lim Mee Chingfrom the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The award presented to UMS is named the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award in honour of MTCC’s founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who had led the organisation for 17 years.
First presented in 2016, the MTCC Academic Awards aim to recognise outstanding students from the forestry-related field of study who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating overall academic excellence and scholarship in their final year project thesis.
“This is the second year we are collaborating with UPM and UMS to recognise and reward young talents demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in forestry-related studies. Through the Awards, we hope to raise the awareness amongst students about the importance of sustainable forest management in Malaysia, and the role of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in championing this pursuit,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.
“Promoting sustainable forestry through the implementation of the MTCS is the core of MTCC’s work. MTCC accords great importance to collaborating with local universities to inspire more young people to embark on a career in forestry and forestry-related industries,” Yong elaborated.
The recipients of the MTCC Academic Awards were selected based on the undergraduate’s overall academic performance and the quality of their final year projects that focus on fields related to Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Certification, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Forest Plantation Management, Chain-of-Custody Certification, or Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products Utilization.
Commenting on the Award win, Lim Mee Ching from UMS said, “We cannot wait until our vital forest reserves are depleted to start conservation works. It has to begin now, and it is everyone’s duty to protect our forests. The MTCC Award serves as an encouragement for young people to play a more active role in promoting sustainable forestry. Additionally, it also influences my interest to consider a career in a forest-related industry.”
Excited and grateful to have won the award, UPM’s, Norazlin Binti Rosli, said, “This award helped me realize the important role of forestry education in safeguarding the future of our forests. Forestry education not only equips our youth with good basic knowledge and skills to sustainably manage our forest resources; the wider perspective of forestry education lies in its potential to change mind-sets and promote actions to ensure the long term well-being of our forests.”
“MTCC hopes that the Awards will inspire more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to take on greater responsibility in promoting sustainable forest management in Malaysia. Additionally, timber being Malaysia’s third largest export-oriented commodity, we hope that these students will be inspired to work in the forestry sector upon graduation and make a positive impact on the environment and society,” Yong concluded.
UPM scholars, Norazlin Binti Rosli and Lim E Yee, received a Certificate of Achievement and RM1,000 cash prize each. Meanwhile, Lim Mee Ching from UMS walked away with a Certificate of Achievement and RM2,000 cash prize.
Kuala Lumpur, 19 November 2017 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), in an effort to promote academic excellence and inculcate a love for forest, presented the Freezailah Forest Sustainably Award to Lim Mee Ching, a final year student from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
The academic Award was presented to Lim Mee Ching by MTCC Chairman, Datuk Himmat Singh, at the UMS 19th Convocation ceremony. Lim received a Certificate of Achievement and RM2,000 cash prize.
First presented in 2016, the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award aims to recognise outstanding students from the forestry-related field of study who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating overall academic excellence and scholarship in their final year project thesis. The Award was established in honour of MTCC’s founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom, who had led the institution for 17 years.
MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon said, “This is the second year we are collaborating with UMS to recognise and reward young talent demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in forestry-related studies. Through this Award, we hope to raise the awareness of the students on the importance of sustainable forest management in Malaysia and the role of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in championing this pursuit.”
“Promoting sustainable forestry through the implementation of the MTCS is the core of MTCC’s work. MTCC accords great importance to collaborating with UMS to inspire more young people to embark on a career in forestry and forestry-related industries,” Yong elaborated.
The recipient of the Freezailah Forest Sustainability Award is selected based on the undergraduate’s overall academic performance as well as final year projects that focus on fields related to Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Certification, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Forest Plantation Management, Chain-of-Custody Certification, or Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products Utilization.
Commenting on the Award win, Lim said, “We cannot wait until our vital forest reserves are depleted to start conservation works. It has to begin now, and it is everyone’s duty to protect our forests. The MTCC Award serves as an encouragement for young people to play a more active role in promoting sustainable forestry. Additionally, it also influences my interest to consider a career in a forest-related industry.”
“MTCC hopes that the Award will inspire more students to take up forestry-related courses and spur them to take on greater responsibility in promoting sustainable forest management in Malaysia. Additionally, timber being Malaysia’s third largest export-oriented commodity, we hope that these students will be inspired to work in the forestry sector upon graduation and make a positive impact on the environment and society,” Yong concluded.
Kuala Lumpur, 7 November 2017 – Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) took part in the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2017 in an effort to create greater awareness and inculcate passion and love for the forests and their sustainability among the primary and secondary students. Interactive activities on practices of sustainable forest management (SFM) were carried out to engage the students in pursuit of this aim.
“Conserving our forests is critical in ensuring the future supply of natural renewable resources, protection of biological diversity and ecosystem services, sustainable human livelihood and in mitigating the growing threat of climate change. Young people should be made aware of the need and importance of conserving our forests, as they will be the ‘change agents’ and future leaders of our country,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.
“The inquisitive nature of young minds definitely makes it easier to instil green values and an appreciation of implementing SFM in Malaysia. Through our participation at KLESF, we were able to engage and reach out to many enthusiastic youngsters. We sincerely hope that they have benefited from participating in MTCC’s activities and have gained a better understanding and appreciation of the important roles of our forests,” Yong elaborated.
With a display of colourful posters and a model depicting the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) certification process, the booth attracted 400 students who were keen to learn about the MTCS and its role in promoting sustainable forestry in Malaysia. The word search on SFM in particular, generated good interest and active participation of the students.
MTCC believes that deeper knowledge and understanding of the values of forest management practices, taking into consideration their economic, social and environmental aspects can have positive impacts among these students on the need to safeguard our forest for the future. The MTCS ensures that our forests are sustainably managed through independent assessment of forest management practices and periodic audits of MTCS-certified forests and forest plantations.
“We also want to create awareness among the students on the importance of using sustainable materials such as certified timber products. Educating them young in making such conscious choices would definitely be a step in the right direction to ensure a greener future for all Malaysians,” Yong concluded.
The KLESF 2017 was held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 3 to 5 November 2017. The event attracted primary and secondary school students across the nation, allowing them to share and learn from one another about the application of science and engineering in their environment. It also aims to raise awareness on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in socio-economic wellbeing and sustainable development.
MTCC Supports Malaysia’s Commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Kuala Lumpur, 10 October 2017 – The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which comprises a set of 17 global goals challenge us to find ways to improve the lives of people today and in the future. Goal 11 of the SDGs focuses on ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’, aiming to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) will be present at the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2017 to be held from 11 to 13 October at Booth 2805, Hall 2, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, to showcase how businesses and consumers can support the implementation of this goal through the use of sustainable and certified timber.
In line with the theme of IGEM 2017, “Powering Green Cities”, MTCC advocates the utilisation of certified timber under the MTCS as a strategic move to promote the building of greener cities in Malaysia.
“The call for greener cities is more than ever crucial with over half of the world’s population living in cities today. As we strive to transform our cities into modern, sustainable living spaces, we must ensure that the development process, among others, embraces the use of sustainable materials at its core. Green cities are about building and living in a sustainable manner, which includes the use of sustainable material in our everyday lives. MTCC empowers specifiers, companies and individuals to do their part in this endeavour by making available MTCS-certified timber products,” said MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.
To further advance this pursuit, MTCC encourages businesses that use and sell timber products to obtain the supply chain certification under the MTCS. Besides leadership in sustainability, these businesses play an important role of ensuring adequate supply of MTCS-certified timber products in the domestic market.
MTCC also urges consumers to join in this endeavour by consciously choosing and demanding for certified timber products in their purchases. “Increasingly, consumers are becoming more aware and environmentally conscious and want to make ethical, environmental-friendly purchases. Without a doubt, the demand by Malaysian consumers to purchase MTCS-certified products as their preferred choice would have a direct and positive impact on the management of our forests and the timber supply chain,” Yong concluded.
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) participated in SPOGA+Gafa, Europe’s largest garden expo, for the seventh consecutive year to promote timber and timber-related products sourced from sustainably managed Malaysian tropical forests.
In addition to building greater awareness and access for MTCS-PEFC certified timber and timber-based products, MTCC took the opportunity to educate delegates including legislators, manufacturers, garden furniture companies, and the timber trade community at-large, about sustainable forest management practices in Malaysia, and how the national timber certification scheme, the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), promotes a sustainable timber sector.
“Timber certication has proven to be an effective tool in helping Malaysian timber and timber-based products secure better access and presence in markets which place greater emphasis on sustainability. We very much appreciate this platform to further educate European Union buyers and consumers that choosing MTCS-PEFC certified timber and timber-based products is a positive choice for the environment,” said Yong Teng Koon, MTCC CEO.
According to MTCC, the German Federal Government is planning to develop a new guideline that will make sustainability certification a pre-condition for public procurements. As demand for sustainable material grows, timber certification like the MTCS will create positive market conditions for Malaysian timber and timber-based producers and exporters.
Over the years, tropical timber from Malaysia has enjoyed good reputation in the German market. It is often the choice of timber importers, traders and window manufacturers due to its sturdiness and resistance to damage from insects, fungus, and moisture decay.
Themed, ‘Come and Grow’, SPOGA+Gafa 2017 was held from 3 to 5 September 2017 in Cologne, Germany. This year, it attracted a total of 39,000 visitors from 113 countries. More than 2,131 exhibitors from 59 countries showcased their products related to Garden Living, Garden Creation and Care, Garden BBQ and Garden Unique.