The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) informed that the review of the MC&I (Natural Forest) will be put on hold (take a recess) in 2017 pending the completion of the review of the PEFC sustainability benchmark scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
According to the announcement, the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) that commenced in January 2016 has progressed well on schedule with the conduct of the first public comment on the standard, and two meetings of the Standards Review Committee (SRC):
The Second Meeting of the SRC held on September 21 – 23, 2016 in Sibu had produced an Enquiry Draft 1 that has incorporated the requirements of the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 into the MC&I(Natural Forest) as a merged standard. The decision to merge the two standards was based on the outcome of the MTCC Stakeholder Dialogue held in July 2015.
In order to ensure that the national standard revision process of all PEFC member countries take on board the revised PEFC sustainability benchmark, PEFC International offered an extraordinary endorsement extension until December 31, 2019. In this connection, the 71st meeting of the MTCC Board of Trustees has agreed that the review of the MC&I(Natural Forest) be put on hold and resumed in 2018 (the indicative timeline can be viewed here).
MTCC stated that all relevant stakeholders would be periodically informed of the progress of the review of the review of the PEFC sustainability benchmarks and update of the review of MC&I (Natural Forest).