SmartWood response to Laos article

Posted: 3 October 2006 in FSC, Laos, World Bank

SmartWood has responded to my article in last month’s WRM Bulletin about their certification of logging in Laos. SmartWood will carry out an audit of the operations in October 2006.

SmartWood’s response so far is that they would have looked into the fact that the logs weren’t marked properly at the end of the year when they do their next audit. In fact they issued a certificate for an operation that wasn’t marking logs correctly. (SmartWood knew the logs weren’t being marked properly, because they issued a condition saying that the logs should be marked properly.) Not marking logs correctly is against the Lao forest law. It’s against FSC standards. Therefore SmartWood should not have issued the certificate.

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