The social aspects of forest management are an important consideration in the forest management standard (MC&I) used under the MTCS. The MC&I requires the FMU managers to consult the people and groups directly affected by the forest management operations, to evaluate the social impacts of these operations, and to incorporate the results of the evaluation into the forest planning and management practices of the FMU.
In view of the absence of such guidelines and procedures for evaluation of social impacts, a project entitled “Formulation of Guidelines and Procedures for Social Impact Assessment and Monitoring of Forest Management Operations” was conceptualized and subsequently implemented by the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra Malaysia. The project implementation was further facilitated by a Project Technical Committee comprising members from the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Department of Orang Asli Development and MTCC to provide technical guidance to INTROP in developing the guidelines and procedures.
The key outcome of the project is the document entitled “Guidelines and Procedures for Social Impact Assessment and Monitoring of Forest Management Operations (Peninsular Malaysia)” which has been compiled in English and Bahasa Malaysia, to provide guidance and to assist the FMU managers in conducting the evaluation of social impacts of forest management operations to comply with the requirements of the MC&I. Among others, the document emphasies on two forest management operations, i.e. forest harvesting and forest conversion, which are considered to have the most significant social impacts on the Orang Asli and local communities in Peninsular Malaysia.
Please click on the document link to download a copy of the Guidelines.