Development of Forestry Certification for Value Adding of Timber Exports for Solomon Islands (stage 3)
The Australian Government’s Pacific Horticultural & Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) engaged URS Australia Pty Ltd (URS) to conduct activities to support forestry certification – encompassing timber legality assurance – for exports of sawn timber from Solomon Islands. The project has been conducted over three stages, starting during October 2012. This report relates to Stage 3 of the project, which was primarily conducted between October 2013 and March 2014 and then extended to June 2014 in order to complete some specific scope items. This report describes the Stage 3 activities and outcomes, and makes recommendations for PHAMA’s continuing support in maintaining and enhancing international market access of the sawn timber sector of Solomon Islands.
Key words: timber legality, Timber Industry Working Group, monitoring, verification