23 Oct '11, 3pm

Malaysian sustainable timber certification fails Dutch standards

Malaysian sustainable timber certification fails Dutch standards Jeremy Hance mongabay.com October 23, 2011 Logging truck carrying timber out of the Malaysian rainforest. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. An independent panel in the Netherlands has found that the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) falls short of Dutch standards for sustainable forestry. The final decision comes after a series of judgements and appeals with the latest panel concluding that MTCS still allows natural forest to be destroyed for monoculture plantation and that the scheme ignores the rights of indigenous people. "Now that this appeal procedure has demonstrated that MTCS (Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme) does not guarantee sustainable forest management, State Secretary Atsma can show that he is truly the State Secretary of Environment by approving MTCS only when it complies with the Dutc...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1023-hance_mtcs.html

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