Sustainable Forest Management Certification

Our forest industries are proudly sustainable and renewable. We replant over 70 million trees every year and care for the forests over their entire life-cycle.

Combined, more than 26.9 million hectares[1] of Australia’s 38.6 million hectares of potential production forests and plantations[2] are independently certified by third party organisations. Analysis of publicly available data shows that the vast majority of plantations and all publicly owned production forests are certified by either Responsible Wood (which is an endorsed scheme of the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes or PEFC) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and in some cases both.

Sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody certification assures consumers that the forest products they purchase originate from sustainably managed and legally harvested native forests and plantations.

As the table below shows, Australia has the third largest area of certified forests and plantations[3] in the world. Much more heavily forested countries fall far behind on this measure.

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[1] AFS Annual Report 2015-16

[2] ABARES Áustralia’s forests at a glance 2015

[3] ‘This measure does not exclude forests or plantations that are ‘dual certified’ to both major international schemes.

FSC’ Facts & Figures – January 6, 2017

PEFC ‘Global Statistics: SFM & CoC Certification, September 2016