“Call for nominations as historic joint standard forest standard remains on course”
Spreading forest certification across the Tasman

Responsible Wood is set to travel to New Zealand as impetus builds towards a historic joint Australian and New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management.

Meeting with New Zealand government officials, the New Zealand Green Building Council and a range of PEFC accredited Sustainable Forest Management and Chain of Custody scheme holders, Responsible Wood will tour New Zealand; visiting Wellington, Napier, Gisborne and Auckland in the week commencing Monday, February 18th 2019.

According to Jason Ross, Marketing and Communications Officer, the visit is all part of Responsible Wood’s outreach to improve recognition of PEFC forest certification within the New Zealand market.

“As it stands up to 500,000 hectares of New Zealand forest area is now covered by the New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, with more than 30 New Zealand businesses now scheme holders under the New Zealand Chain of Custody Standard for Forest Products,” Mr Ross said.

This marks an impressive milestone for PEFC in New Zealand.

In just two short years since the establishment of the New Zealand PEFC forest certification, the New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management now covers more than 27%  of all New Zealand planted forest available for production.

The New Zealand standard for Sustainable Forest Management has become an important benchmark for sustainable forestry.

“Responsible Wood is working with stakeholders to improve Chain of Custody registrations and build on New Zealand forestry currently under certification; we have had interest from foresters looking to develop group forest management schemes all through New Zealand.”

“PEFC and Responsible Wood, the Australian endorsed PEFC forest certification scheme, now has a growing footprint in the Australian and New Zealand market places; with the push towards a Joint Australian and New Zealand standard certification is an invaluable tool to verify the origins of timber and paper at the source and in the forest,” Mr Ross said.

PEFC and Responsible Wood certification remains critical for the timber export market, none more so than in one of New Zealand’s largest timber export markets – South Korea.  

Speaking about the proposed Trans-Tasman standard, Simon Dorries, CEO, has been impressed by the response of stakeholders to the call for nominations to participate in the standard review committee.

“Responsible Wood has fielded considerable interest from stakeholders both in Australia and New Zealand; the interest from New Zealand stakeholders in particular has been greatly encouraging.”

“New Zealand and Australia are two of the world’s closest trading partners, this is reflected in the number of Australian and New Zealand forest growers certified under both PEFC endorsed certification schemes.”

“Under the proposed joint standard, forest growers will be able to operate using the same standard in both markets,” Mr Dorries said.

And Responsible Wood is supporting ambitious talk with action.

Responsible Wood will attend the New Zealand Wood Processors and Manufacturers (WPMA) Conference in April.

Hosted in Christchurch the conference will draw timber and wood processors from across New Zealand.

“The WPMA Conference is an important step in building recognition and understanding of PEFC certification amongst businesses involved in the supply chain of timber based products.”

“In terms of investment, growing the pool of Australian and New Zealand businesses certified under the Chain of Custody standard is a must,” Mr Dorries said.

For more information about Responsible Wood Sustainable Forest Management, Chain of Custody for Forest Products or Responsible Wood certification more generally please contact Responsible Wood or visit the Responsible Wood website.

For media enquiries please contact Jason Ross from Responsible Wood on (07) 3359 1758, jross@responsiblewood.org.au