The FSC Director General has delivered a positive approval decision for the "FSC Papua New Guinea National Standard”, following work by the PNG Standards Development Group to close out conditions set on the original approval on 5 October 2010. The final approval was delivered by the FSC Director General on 26 May 2010 and the standard will be effective starting from 1 September 2010.
The conditions set on the original approval ensured that the standard includes appropriate indicators for small, medium and low intensity operations (SLIMFs) and that SLIMFs are clearly defined.
Based on extensive public consultation and agreed by consensus, the standard is supported by environmental, social and economic groups in the country. The FSC national standards are based on the international FSC Principles and Criteria but adapt these to national conditions by adding country-specific indicators.
The Certification Bodies are required to inform all of their clients in Papua New Guinea that they shall be assessed against the revised standard from 1 September 2010.The intervening 3 month period between the approval and implementation of the standards is in place for Certification Bodies and forest managers to adapt their systems and management practices respectively to the new standards.