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For your information as a stakeholder or potential stakeholder in WAPRES (WA Plantation Resources) operations:

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will soon be conducting an audit of WAPRES against the FSC Forest Management, the FSC Chain of Custody and FSC Controlled Wood standards.

Certification to the FSC Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005-V3-0-EN) verifies that WAPRES avoids:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
  • Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
  • Wood harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest uses
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

Certification to the FSC Chain of Custody Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1 EN) verifies production and source of the products .With the main objective of the Chain of Custody certification is to ensure that material from FSC certified forests can be tracked from production to distribution.

Certification to the FSC Forest Management Standard (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2 EN) verifies that WAPRES adheres to the FSC 10 Principles and Criteria:

·        Principle 1: Compliance with Laws

          The Organization shall comply with all applicable laws; regulations and nationally- ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements.

·        Principle 2: Workers Rights and Employment Conditions

          The Organization shall maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers.

·        Principle 3: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

          The Organization shall identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities

·        Principle 4: Community Relations

          The Organization shall contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.

·        Principle 5: Benefits from the Forest

       The Organization shall efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Management Unit to maintain or enhance long-term economic viability and the range of environmental and social benefits

·        Principle 6: Environmental Values and Impacts

       The Organization shall maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the Management Unit, and shall avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.

·        Principle 7: Management Planning

       The Organization shall have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of its management activities. The management plan shall be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information in order to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation shall be sufficient to guide staff, inform affected stakeholders and interested stakeholders and to justify management decisions.

·        Principle 8: Monitoring and Assessment

       The Organization shall demonstrate that, progress towards achieving the management objectives, the impacts of management activities and the condition of the Management Unit, are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity and risk of management activities, in order to implement adaptive management.

·        Principle 9: High Conservation Values

         The Organization shall maintain and/or enhance the High Conservation Values in the Management Unit through applying the precautionary approach.

·        Principle 10: Implementation of Management Activities

          Management activities conducted by or for The Organization for the Management Unit shall be selected and implemented consistent with The Organization’s economic, environmental and social policies and objectives and in compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.

For FSC Forest Management, WAPRES will be audited to the SCS Interim Standard for Natural Forest and Plantation Forest Management Certification in Australia

The audits will also be conducted on a selection of external plantations where WAPRES has sourced wood from privately owned properties within the South West of Western Australia over the past 12 months.

Further information can be found at WAPRES and FSC Australia

The audit will commence on Monday the 30th of October.

Stakeholder engagement and input is an important component of the audit process. Please direct any Forest Management feedback to Graeme Lea and feedback for CoC/Controlled Wood to Tuesday Phelan or all queries can be sent to WAPRES who will then forward to the appropriate auditor.

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