REVIEW OF STANDARD FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION OF 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) under the MTCS, the forest management standard used is required to be reviewed at least every five years in order to ensure continuous improvement. The review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) is scheduled to commence in the last quarter of 2015 in order for the review process to be concluded in 2017. It is anticipated that the whole review process would take 22 months and would involve the conduct of public comments on enquiry drafts, meetings of Standard Review Committee (SRC) and regional consultations.

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 log on to the MTCC website at www.mtcc.com.my for further information on the following:

  1. Proposed process and timelines for the review and streamlining of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification
  2. SSP3/2014 document on Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards
  3. List of relevant stakeholders in Malaysia (Stakeholder Map 2015)

Please be informed that this announcement has also been communicated in writing to all the relevant stakeholder groups in Malaysia.