KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is taking steps to ensure its timber products comply with European Union and other international requirements.
The Sabah Forestry Department has launched a two-year audit programme to assess the timber industry practices in the state.
The audit, to cost about RM1mil, will be carried out by internationally renowned Global Forestry Services (GFS), said department director Datuk Sam Mannan.
The third-party auditing, he said, would enhance Sabah’s credibility in its forest management efforts and the continuous improvements the state was making in the area.
Mannan said the audit would enable long-term timber licencees to come under a credible internationally-recognised system.
“This is compulsory from 2014,” he said, adding that the audit would also lead to improved practices on the ground.
The department was also training a team of credible forest auditors who will be mentored by experts from GFS.