Hornbill Unleashed

August 22, 2014

Longer tenure for timber licence

Filed under: Logging,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM says this will ensure logging operators obtain Sustainable Forest Management certification

Tenure for the timber licence can be extended up to 60 years from the date of issuance as the state encourages timber players to practise sustainable forest management.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the long term timber concession will become an incentive for logging operators to obtain Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification.

He said one of the conditions that would be imposed is that licence operators should incorporate the requirement for certification within three years from the date of approval. Failure to comply with the condition shall cause the licence to be terminated.

“Earlier this year, Sarawak Timber Association (STA) has highlighted and brought to my attention the challenges in obtaining forest certification but we must pursue it now to become competitive.

“I noted that one of the challenges is that many timber licensees have short tenure periods which are not conducive for logging operators to undertake forest management certification in view of high costs involved.

“At the moment, timber concessions are issued for a period between five years or 10 years. With this short period of time, operators would not be bothered and after logging, they would just run away.

“At least if they are committed for 60 years, they can do proper planning to create a sustainable forest management in their concession areas,” Adenan said when officiating at the Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) Seminar at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel here yesterday.

As a responsible government, he explained that the state has a major role to play in setting out a policy and institutional framework, fully committed to sustainable forest management and the government will adopt any best practices in forest management to improve the industry here.

He urged timber players to cooperate fully with the government to combat the negative perception that the state’s forest is poorly or ineffectively managed.

Pointing out that forest management certification is the way forward for the state’s timber industry, he highlighted that some benefits can be anticipated from forest certification especially in terms of improved market access, image and forest management.

“Forest Certification has transformed forest products market over the last 15 years, the demand for certified forest products is growing, driven by concern for the sustainability of supply.

“It is now difficult to export products from uncertified tropical forests to environmentally sensitive markets. Conversely, tropical timber from certified forests in other parts of Malaysia is finding improved export opportunities and strong market growth,” he continued.

Adenan said the government would review the forest management policy from time to time with the possibility that forest certification would be mandatory for all licensed areas in the future.

The state is encouraging all major licence holders namely KTS, Shin Yang, WTK, Samling, Rimbunan Hijau, Ta Ann and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) to obtain the International Forest Management Certification for their timber products, which can be the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.




  1. A period of 60 years tenure is too long as it is more than 2 generations.
    The most important is for the international timber organisation to ensure that all timber concession owners are registered with them. They have to undertake yearly audit by an independent body to ensure the concession owners practised sustainable logging failing with they will be black listed and deprived purchased by these customers.
    However, it is easier said than done as the concession owners can find loophole and still be able to sell their timbers via other means.
    Finally, it boils off to the sincere intention of the State Enforcement Authority to really make sure that this sustainable logging is practised. It is not easy to do as the temptation of greed will overcome their responsibility entrusted to them. At the end, this viscous circle will go on an on and will distroyed our land. The best policy is to stop most of these loggings completely.
    Only specific places for sustainable logging under strict audit and supervision from the international and local organisation. The failure is always due to” greed” and the malay proverb” cakap tidak serupa bikin”- ” sound good but implementation not good” will always prevail.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — August 23, 2014 @ 2:28 AM | Reply

  2. Longer tenure means he will be signing off almost the whole of sarawak to the existing few timber licencees who are mostly chinese cronies and family members of taib and adenan, to own permanently. After the 60 yrs these same timber licencees will apply to convert the same lands for other purposes and that will effective end natives claims to our pemakai menua and pukau galau and of our rights to own such lands. Don’t think that we natives cannot think as far as 60 yrs from now. We natives should not allow this to happen. Our ncr lands are being drown by their proposed damned dams and now they also want to own our forest and lands Permanently. We must stop these thieves from destroying us dayaks.

    Comment by brian — August 22, 2014 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

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