Hornbill Unleashed

August 21, 2014

Timber companies will soon have to toe the line

Filed under: Logging,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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timber sarawakNeesha Sangara

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma says that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability

Timber companies in the state must obtain internationally recognised forest management certification by 2017.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) in a statement said that it is 100 per cent in support of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem’s proposal that timber companies must get international certification.

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma said that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability.

Dionysius explained that the certification enables Sarawakian timber companies to penetrate markets sensitive to environmental needs while ensuring the natural resources used in the production of their respective products are managed sustainably.

He said nowadays it is not enough for timber companies to claim to be sustainable but they need to prove it through credible and globally recognised certification such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“This is indeed a positive step by the Sarawak government in steering the timber industry towards certification,” he said.

Dionysius explains that forest certification ensures that significant wildlife species and their habitats are protected accordingly, and that important ecosystem services such as the provision of clean water are maintained as well as minimising soil erosion.



  1. Only good on paper. Inside rotten until the core.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — August 21, 2014 @ 4:39 PM | Reply

  2. These timber fellas has done a lot of damages to the forest already and there is no more forested areas which has not been logged so what is the point of getting certified years from now. Between now and 2017 these ruthless and greedy timber fellas will accelarate the cutting and harvesting of timbers before their activities are put under control by this certification. This announcement will only result in a logging frenzy by both the licenced and unlicenced loggers so immediate implimentation is required to stop these people from abusing their current status. We do not want another Rajang River Logjammd or worst.

    Comment by brian — August 21, 2014 @ 8:44 AM | Reply

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