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Timber-related workshop

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KUCHING:  Some 50 people comprising policy makers, top management and senior officials responsible for the timber validation process
from the logging companies, NGOs and Sarawak Forest Department, are taking part in a workshop on Market Requirement for Timber and Timber Legality affecting Sarawak, at a leading hotel, here today.

Organised by WWF-Malaysia, Sarawak Forest Department and the Ecology and People Consult (NEPCon), the two-day workshop aims to provide the participants with an overview and update on global trends on the requirement of timber product legality and forest management certification.

Director of Conservation WWF-Malaysia Dr Sundari Ramakrishna said the workshop will also provide an understanding of the journey towards the
certification; the process, procedures, how to get started and ready, and how to maintain the certification.

She said WWF supports the Sarawak Government’s aspiration to have forest management units in the state to be internationally accredited by 2017.

She pointed out that it is indeed the way forward for timber companies and the Forest Management Units in Sarawak to adopt responsible and sustainable forest management practices, to ensure that forestry is carried out in sustainable manner.

“By obtaining certification, important attributes such as High Conservation Value Areas, or rights of indigenenous people and wildlife, will be addressedand taken care of,” she said at the opening ceremony of the workshop today, officiated by the Sarawak Forest Department Director Sapuan Ahmad.- BERNAMA

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