FSC Standards Development Group

The Standards Development Group (SDG) is comprised of two representatives from four Chambers (Economic, Environment, Maori and Social).  Due to its diversity, the Social Chamber has three representatives (but the voting rights of two).

To ensure a balanced approach an independent facilitator was engaged.  The SDG has made its decisions by consensus, defined as general agreement in favour of a proposal, plus the absence of a sustained objection to the proposal.

Members of the SDG and their contact details are below:

Co-ordinator and contact person

  • Colin Maunder - Timberlands This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Economic Chamber

  • Colin Maunder - Timberlands This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Brett Gilmore - Independent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Environment Chamber

  • Bill Gilbertson  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Meg Graeme  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maori Chamber

  • Tina Porou Ngati Porou Whanui Forests   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Chamber

  • Hugh Barr - Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Rhys Millar- NZ Institute of Forestry  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Past Members - many thanks for your contribution

  • Gay Pavelka – Independent facilitator
  • Jacob Kajavala - Forest Industry Contractors Association – Social Chamber
  • Andrew McEwen - New Zealand Institute of Forestry – Social Chamber

The SDG Terms of Reference can be found at the following link: SDG Terms of Reference.

Also in accordance with FSC procedures, five expert groups were established to provide recommendations to the SDG on key issues of:

  1. Reserve contribution
  2. Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF)
  3. Pesticide use
  4. Conversions of natural areas to plantations
  5. Conversions of plantations to other land uses

Each group included a member of the SDG to facilitate progress and feedback.

Small and low intensity managed forests (SLIMF) are included in the standards.

The Standard Development Group wish to acknowledge the following for their financial contributions to this project:

The in-kind contributions from members of the SDG and Expert Teams (and their respective organisations), while unquantifiable, has been significant and also much appreciated.