Rapid advancement and change within Australia's predominant timber certification schemes has led to the revision of the original November 2004 paper PRO 33: Timber and Wood Products from Environmentally Certified Forests and Plantations. That paper now forms the summary for the extended content contained within the paper PRO 35: Timber and Wood Products from Environmentally Certified Forests and Plantations – in Australia, and this paper.
The note finds that certification appears to be generally leading to improvements in forestry practices in Australia and internationally. Whether certification is yet leading to truly 'sustainable' forestry is less clear. Specifiers are encouraged to use certified timber over uncertified timber, but to be aware that certification standards differ, to understand these differences, and to make an informed choice accordingly.
Australian Forest Standard (AFS), certification schemes, chain of custody, forest management, Forest Stewardship Council, (FSC), timber, stakeholder participation