Sabah FLEGT Consultation Meeting

In 2014, the SFD organized four stakeholders consultations regarding TLAS, engaging stakeholders from various target groups representing government agencies, the private sector and civil societies. The most recent was held on the 23rd of June 2014 and was attended by 87 participants. An internal briefing and workshop was also organized and attended by all District Forestry Officers (DFO) and MCEE Officers. SFD also participate in the formulation of Malaysian Country Specific Guidelines (MCSG) for Sabah, based on the requirements of the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012. The subsequent initiatives are to organize awareness programs (workshops) involving other relevant agencies for the timber industries including the SFMLA/LTL licence holders. It will discuss the DOSH/SOCSO/DoL requirements, and to initialize the joint auditing with relevant agencies as most of the issues of non-compliances detected during the field auditing originated from the DOSH/SOCSO/DoL requirements.

The revised legality assessment was formulated, amended and implemented in the forest-licensed areas by an appointed independent auditor, GFS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. in December 2014. The system emplaced is aimed to ensure that only timber harvested and processed in accordance with local and international legislation are eligible to be exported to EU markets. This comprises the definitions of legal timber based on an agreed set of Principles and Criteria that refer to the relevant laws, regulations and operational procedures and the mechanisms for verifying compliance to the legality of timber covering forest harvesting, transportation, mill operations, imports and exports.

The key objective is to develop and implement a field verification system intended for legal compliance to fulfill Principles 1 to 6 of the Sabah Legality Standard. The verification is based on continuous monitoring of long-term forest management license and both long and short-term licenses.