Responsible Forest Management Australia Limited
Trading as FSC Australia
The Annual General Meeting was held on the 29th of May 2013. It was located at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne.
Vote on new Membership Category
A vote for a new Membership category was held and passed. The new Membership Category is ‘Honorary Life Membership’ and has a membership fee attached of $0.00.
This membership category will be awarded to a maximum of 1 person per annum at the Annual Excellence Awards. Members in this category must have demonstrated at least 10 years membership of FSC Australia and/or FSC International and provided a substantial volunteer commitment to FSC. The Board of FSC Australia must achieve absolute consensus in awarding an Honorary Life Membership.
Paul McNamara addresses Membership
During the AGM Paul McNamara, Assistant Secretary of the Forestry Branch, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry addressed FSC Australia's membership.
Mr. McNamara, on behalf of Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, reconfirmed the Federal Government's commitment to providing this milestone-based funding in the 2013-2014 financial year, and the development of the FSC Australian National Forestry Standard.
He reaffirmed the Government's commitment to negotiate an appropriate funding instrument over the next few weeks, subject to the budget passing.
In his speech, he flagged that the coming regulation to support the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act would specifically list FSC as a scheme endorsed under the Act. We await receipt of formal notification and will provide it to you as soon as it is received.
FSC IGI Forum
The IGI forum was held after the AGM. It gave members the opportunity to go through the International Generic Indicators and seek comment and feedback on them to assist in formulating the FSC Australia submission to FSC International.
Why we held the IGI Forum
FSC Australia is embarking upon the development of the FSC Australian National Forestry Standard in line with the development of the International Generic Indicators, supporting the new FSC Principles & Criteria. In doing so, we will be in a position to feed into the process and have a standard in place at the end of the creation of the International Generic Indicators, so that the unique conditions in Australia are contextualised, and the IGIs translate effectively to produce responsibly managed forests in Australia.
At the end of the creation of the IGIs, the current interim standards in place created by the Certification Bodies and approved by FSC International will cease to operate.
The FSC International Generic Indicators can be downloaded on the right. For more information, such as the timeline for the IGI process there is a dedicated page on the FSC International site here igi.fsc.org
From this forum it was clear that there will need to be a significant amount more work done before FSC Australia will be able to put a position forward to FSC International in relation to the IGIs. We will soon provide members with an update as to how this will occur.