Stakeholder Dialogue: Development of Forest Certification in Asia Pacific & Revision of PEFC Requirements for Forest Certification Systems

To all Malaysian stakeholders groups,

We are pleased to inform you that MTCC and the PEFC Council will be co-hosting a Stakeholder Dialogue in Malaysia that will focus on the development of forest certification initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and the revision of the PEFC requirements for forest certification systems.

We would therefore like to cordially invite you to attend this Stakeholder Dialogue that will be held as follows:

                    Date: 16 – 18 June 2010
Venue: Corus Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

You can register online now at http://pefc-mtcc.eventbrite.com or send the completed registration form to info@mtcc.com.my or fax to MTCC at 03-92006008.  To facilitate our planning, you are encouraged to register early, not later than 31 May 2010.

As one of the stakeholder groups in Malaysia that has been actively involved with the development of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and in discussions on issues related to timber certification, we believe that this Stakeholder Dialogue will provide you with an excellent opportunity to be briefed on the development and progress of forest certification initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and to share with us your views, opinions and suggestions on critical issues related to the work of the PEFC Council, including, amongst others,

  • how to ensure balanced stakeholders participation in developing national standards
  • ensuring the recognition of indigenous peoples rights relating to forest resources
  • ensuring basic labour, health and safety standards in all forestry operations
  • how to stop forest conversions
  • what approach is best to limit the use of herbicides

For your information, this Dialogue is part of the PEFC’s Standards Revision process.  Over the past two years, PEFC as the world’s largest forest certification system has been revising its forest management standard, requirements for developing national certification standards, and requirements for group certification, a tool that is of specific importance for family- and community forest owners.

Please click here for the joint invitation letter from MTCC and the PEFC Council, including further information about the event.

Participation is free of any charges.  However, participants will have to bear the cost of travel and hotel accommodation.  Nevertheless, smaller social and environmental NGOs which wish to send their representatives to the Dialogue can contact MTCC regarding financial assistance to cover expenses incurred for travel and hotel accommodation.

If you need further clarification regarding this Dialogue, please do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Wu at sabrina@mtcc.com.my or call 603-92005008.