Riparian corridors, biodiversity and the case for sustainable forest management

HQPlantations is one of 28 forests certified under AS 4708 – Sustainable Forest Management. This standard is used by Australian forest growers to make Responsible Wood and PEFC claims on forest products. Underpinning certification is a commitment by forest growers to the management and rejuvenation of forests. In this article, HQPlantations takes Responsible Wood readers into the Tuan-Toolara pine plantation and…

Forests are the mother of nature

Responsible Wood has scanned the world for positive stories from the forest. Meet Kurniawan Doni Wibowo, a runner up in our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Kurniawan tells us more about his photo ‘The Lush of Ecotourism Forest’ and why it is so important to take good care of our forests. How do you feel about forests, both…

COVID-19: Updated guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 12/05/2020 Responsible Wood, the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia, has published the following statement from PEFC International. To support certified entities and certification bodies during the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we have produced guidance regarding auditing (chain of custody and sustainable forest management), and the transition to the 2020 standards. As the COVID-19 situation continues…

Responsible Wood calls for feedback!

Responsible Wood is on the lookout for feedback with the release of a new survey marking an important milestone for Responsible Wood. From January 1 2020, all certificate holders certified under the Responsible Wood scheme have migrated to the Responsible Wood branding; with the Responsible Wood logo to be used for new stock from this date.  The branding change is…

Practicing continuous improvement: The evolution of PEFC standards

Responsible Wood has scanned the world for positive stories about forest certification. In this, PEFC CEO Ben Gunneberg speaks about the development of the PEFC standards, and why it is so important to adapt national forest management standards to local conditions… PEFC International develops sustainability benchmarks that are applicable globally. Yet the real work is done by local stakeholders, who…

‘Essential’ AS / NZS 4708 project zooms ahead…

‘Business as usual’ as the AS / NZS 4708 Standards Reference Committee work towards Trans-Tasman Sustainable Forest Management Standard. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing has emerged as an important platform for businesses and communities to connect.  Indeed, Australian and New Zealand representatives are ‘zooming in’ to continue essential standard development work.   Meeting on a weekly basis, and with representatives…

Eagle Eye – the quest to save the wedge-tailed eagle

‘Wireless technology and state of the art remote sensors used to protect the endangered bird’ HOBART, TASMANIA – 23/04/2020 The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, distinguished by its size and its wedge-shaped tail, is a much-loved species. Preying on reptiles, birds and mammals, across a wide range of habitats, from the coast to highland areas, this majestic bird defends large territories, nesting…

COVID-19: Updated guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 22/04/2020 Responsible Wood, the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia, has published the following statement from PEFC International. To support certified entities and certification bodies during the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we have produced guidance regarding auditing (chain of custody and sustainable forest management), and the transition to the 2020 standards. As the COVID-19 situation continues…