Since the last CPET Update in April a lot has happened behind the scenes. In May the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS former MTCC) was endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), see the CPET announcement here.
We have now finalised and published The Timber reporting pilot study which recommends important steps towards implementation of monitoring and reporting of timber procurement across all mandated public bodies. Implementation and awareness, particularly given the recent policy change, is also over the coming months the main focus for CPET and Defra. It is essential that relevant public sector personnel, suppliers and contractors know how to ensure compliance with the policy, therefore free training workshops across the country are offered again this winter, see the venues and dates here and please pass them on to relevant contacts.
You might have noticed that the CPET website has been reviewed. This is all thanks to Rhiannon Murgatroyd who has joined the CPET team to provide strong project support. Pages and relevant links will continue to be added and updated.
CPET has joined forces with the Timber Trade Federation and WWF-UK to reach Local Authorities and encourage implementation of a policy on timber procurement. In particular the section with Guidance for Local Authorities has been updated and expanded. The section now includes sections on the advantages of a timber procurement policy, some common myths, 6 steps to implementation, and additional help and advice.
It should also be mentioned that the Category B guidance from the Forestry Commission for woodland owners and managers in the UK, on how to ensure and show compliance with the policy, is at its final stage and will be published on the CPET website soon.
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