Forestry stakeholders can now access the Draft SA Forestry Assurance Scheme Forest Management Standard, and have 60 days to comment on the standard. The closure of the comment period will be 28th September 2017.
You can find the draft Standard Setting Procedures HERE.
Please put your comments in writing by clearly referencing the number of the requirement you wish to comment on. You may also make general comments as you wish. These comments can be made on e-mail or as a separate document.
Comments to be submitted to the Chairman of the SAFAS Council, Craig Norris via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively they can be faxed to (033) 897 8502 or posted to NCT, P.O. Box 1445 Pietermaritzburg 3200 South Africa.
A South African National Forestry Certification Standard is being developed as part of the SA Forestry Assurance Scheme, which will seek endorsement by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
The objective is to have a national certification scheme, based on the DAFF Principals, Criteria and Indicators for sustainable forest management, that will make it possible for small-scale and family-owned growers to achieve certification, thereby improving their market access.
For more info, read our previous article HERE.