The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has extended the certification of the Deramakot Forest Reserve, Malaysia’s pioneer sustainable forest management area, as a well-managed forest for a further 15 years, reports the New Straits Times.

The re-certification, from April 21 this year to April 20, 2013 had made the 55,000-hectare reserve the longest certified rainforest in the world.

It was the first rainforest to have received the certification in 1997.

About Forest Stewardship Council

The FSC was set up in 1993 in the aftermath of the Earth Summit 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. It is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

How does FSC certification make a difference in the world’s forests?

The FSC says in its website:

“All FSC certified forests must comply with FSC’s rules about how the forests should and should not be managed. When a forester decides to become FSC certified, he or she will make changes to comply with the relevant FSC requirements and become FSC certified. This is how FSC has a direct and permanent positive impact on the world’s forests and the people living from, in and around the forest.” [Source]

There you go. It looks like there is still hope for Borneo forest afterall, particularly the forest on the Sabah part of the island.

FSC General Assembly 2008

The FSC is now inviting participants to its General Assembly 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa on November 3-7 2008.

The FSC General Assembly, held every three years, is FSC’s highest decision-making body. I shall be keeping a close watch on the proceedings and see how it could affect our beloved island Borneo.

It would be good if I can attend the meeting as part of the media though. Just wishful thinking.

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