The Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708) embodies forest management performance criteria that drive continual improvement towards sustainable wood production in Australia. This Standard has received international recognition and stakeholder support including the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) which is well recognized in Europe.
Consumers and Retailers are becoming more sensitive when selecting wood products and related services. They are becoming more aware about: the environment, social consequences and forest management practices employed in the growing and harvesting of the trees.
The vast majority of Australia’s major wood production forest managers have chosen to have their management system independently certified against AS 4708. Over 90% of the production forest area in Australia is now certified. Certification provides the business with an assurance that its production systems are in accordance with an internationally recognized standard for sustainable forest management.