Australian Forestry Standard Draft Released For Public Comment

Date: 04-May-12
Author: Chris Philpot

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The Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) has announced the commencement of the first public comment phase of the revision process of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708).

The Australian Standard AS4708-2007 is five years old and is due for its periodic review. The Standard Review Committee appointed by the Australian Forestry Standard has released a draft for public comment the first of two such periods. The first public comment period is from 19 March 2012 to 18 May 2012. The second public comment period will be based on a revised draft and is currently scheduled to be undertaken from June to August 2012.

Chairman of the Standard Review Committee, Dr Paul Biggs, said "The Committee is made up of a broad range of interested and affected stakeholders and they are keen to get public feedback on the draft Standard to compare with their own views on how the Standard can be further improved".

Planet Ark sits on the Standard Review Committee and is happy to act as a conduit for other environmental NGOs to express their views on the scheme.

The review process is being undertaken in accordance with Standards Australia procedures. AFS Ltd is accredited as a Standards Development Organisation and can therefore develop and review Australian Standards provided the necessary procedures are followed.

The draft revision of the Standard and a submission form can be downloaded from the AFS Ltd website at forestrystandard.org.au.