The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) or MC&I(Natural Forest) is the standard used for assessing the management practices of natural forests in Malaysia under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) since 2012.
In line with international practice, a certification standard must be reviewed at least every five years to ensure continuous improvement. The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) commenced in November 2015 while at the same time aiming at streamlining the requirements for both natural forests and forest plantation. The review is conducted based on the requirements specified in the MTCS document SSP3/2014: Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards.
The review process was put on hold in 2017 pending the completion of the review of the PEFC sustainability benchmark. (Read more)
Following the conclusion of the review of the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management Standard in 2018, the review process was resumed in 2019.
Process & Timelines
The following key activities will be conducted throughout the review process of the MC&I(Natural Forest):
- Soliciting comments from the stakeholder groups at various stages during the review process by circulating/placing the MC&I(Natural Forest), Working Drafts and Enquiry Draft on the MTCC website;
- Compilation of public comments and preparation of Working, Enquiry and Final Drafts by the Secretariat;
- Consideration of the Working, Enquiry and Final Drafts by the SRC; and
- Conducting of three regional consultations to discuss the Enquiry Draft with the relevant stakeholder groups in the three regions of Malaysia.
Standards Review Committee (SRC)
The SRC reviews the MC&I(Natural Forest) and develops the revised standard. The SRC comprise of representatives nominated by their respective stakeholder groups i.e. the indigenous people, worker, environment, industry, and the relevant government agencies, from the three regions of Malaysia, i.e. Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. The MTCC serves as the Secretariat for the SRC.
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.
Meetings of the SRC
The SRC gathers to consider the comments received from the Public Consultations and Regional Consultations and provide feedback on the amendments and updates to be made to the revised MC&I standard. The outcomes of the SRC Meetings are listed below:
Public Comment & Consultation
The MC&I(Natural Forest) standard is subjected to public comment where stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and/or proposals for amendment / deletion / addition with justification for the proposals.
First Public Comment (16 November 2015 – 15 January 2016)
Public Consultation on Enquiry Draft of MC&I for Forest Management Certification (20 May – 19 July 2019)
A series of regional consultations were conducted to inform stakeholders on the changes made to the standard.
Approval of MC&I Sustainable Forest Management
The adopted MC&I Sustainable Forest Management (MC&I SFM) was submitted to the MTCC Board of Trustees for consideration. The MTCC Board at its 83rd Meeting held on 5 March 2020 approved the MC&I SFM as the standard used for certification of sustainable forest management under the MTCS. The new standard for SFM certification can be found here
For further information on the standard review process, please contact Ms Siti Syaliza Mustapha at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-2161 2298.