Representatives from Vietnam, Thailand and Democratic Republic of the Congo attended a three-day study tour to Malaysia organised by the Malaysia Timber Certification Council and the Programme of the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) International.
Delegates learnt about the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) which was developed and operated by Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) since 2001. They also met with stakeholders involved in the entire timber certification supply chain, such as: forest managers who represent the upstream Forest Management Unit (FMU), downstream timber manufacturers and traders who are involved in timber processing, manufacturing and trading of wood and wood-related products. Auditors of SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd., a PEFC-notified certification body in Malaysia, as well as officials from STANDARDS MALAYSIA, the national accreditation body, also attended the event.
MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon said, “Timber certification provides the important link between sustainable forestry and forests’ end users. As global markets place more emphasis on the environment, demands for products originating from responsibly managed forests have increased substantially. We are seeing more and more markets practising responsible sourcing through a national procurement policy demanding for only certified timber product. Timber certification is therefore instrumental in ensuring that the timber and timber related products manufactured and traded are sourced from certified, sustainable sources.”
Malaysia was the first country in the Southeast Asia region to set up a national governing body to implement and manage a national timber certification scheme. The MTCS was the first tropical timber certification scheme in the Asia Pacific region to achieve recognition by PEFC, the largest forest certification system globally.