New Zealand Forest Management companies make an extra effort for transparency, a first around the globe.
In an effort for transparency, FSC certified Forest Managers have created a high-resolution map showing the location and borders of the forests they harvest.
This is timely in a context of a broader discussion to develop spatial data, at FSC but also in the forestry sector in general.
The map is publicly available and downloadable on the FSC NZ website (at the bottom of this page).
The map has come a long way. It was created according to a request from different environmental organisations, community associations, individuals and companies. As per the FSC Principles and Criteria, any stakeholder must be able to contact Forest Management companies to share any supported concerns if they think companies are not managing the land in a responsible way.
Forest Managers came together to discuss the matter and agreed to provide relevant data on a voluntary base in order to create the map. Although not all companies have shared their data, we hope they will be encouraged to follow the same path. An exhaustive list of the Forest Management Companies in New Zealand linking to their certificate information is provided below.
This “NZ Made” initiative is also a first around the globe!
The FSC Standard Development Group (the team adapting the FSC 10 global Principles and Criteria to make them locally relevant) have already gained a fairly renown reputation among other countries for the quality of open discussions and the uniqueness of having a Maori Chamber apart from the required economic, social and environmental Chambers.
This development is very encouraging for stakeholders’ engagement and we hope other countries will see this map as a positive example of what can be achieved.
Aratu Forests Limited FSC-C020383
City Forests Limited FSC-C008934
Craigpine Timber Limited FSC-C014335
Ernslaw One Limited, South Island Region FSC-C015328
Ernslaw One Limited, North Island Region FSC-C010424
FOREST360 Limited FSC-C153850
Hancock Forest Management NZ Ltd FSC-C013109
Juken New Zealand Ltd FSC-C013648
Lindsay & Dixon Limited FSC-C017000
M&R Forestland Management Limited FSC-C140159
Nelson Management Limited FSC-C074692
Ngāi Tahu Forestry Limited FSC-C007525
NZ Forest Managers Ltd FSC-C007793
Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd FSC-C017103
PF Olsen Ltd FSC-C008844
Port Blakely Limited FSC-C014239
Rayonier New Zealand Limited FSC-C021569
Southland Plantation Forest Company of New Zealand FSC-C008418
Summit Forests New Zealand Ltd FSC-C112972
Tasman Pine Forests Ltd FSC-C132002
Timberlands Limited FSC-C004143
Wairarapa Estate Limited and Southland Estate Limited FSC-C131650
Wenita Forest Products Ltd FSC-C011308