Global Forestry Services (GFS) is a technical specialist company that provides market-oriented solutions for forest management and the sustainability of forest-based industries. GFS mission is to provide the highest level of technical support to the forest industry that meet international certification standards as well as management services for forest rehabilitation, preservation of carbon and sustainable investment. GFS services include Forestry Support Program, Legal Verification & Wood Tracking Program, Forest Carbon Services, Forest Investment Services and Training & Support Services.
GFS is dedicated to support efforts to curb Climate Change from Carbon Capture , Avoided Deforestation to provide protection against carbon loss of existing forests. GSF has established forest investment services to develop and market projects on forest restoration and plantation development as a low-risk and environmentally friendly Green Investment.
GFS provides Legality Verification & Wood Tracking as a Due Diligence System to assist in the demonstration that timber and wood products are documented as Low Risk to comply with International Regulatory requirements such as EU Timber Regulations, Lacey Act, Australia Illegal Logging Act, Japan Clean Wood Act, etc.
This is a list of projects conducted by GFS over the past several years that demonstrate our professional capabilities to support Sustainable Forest Industry from the forest management systems through processing and trade of finished products.
- Development of Timber Legality Assurance System for Laos PDR.
- Independent Monitoring of Sabah Timber Legality Standard Principles 1-6
- Forest Carbon Services – Ulu Segama Carbon Conservation
- Legal Verification Services
- Legal Verification Services
- Legal Verification Services
- Wood Tracking Program
- Training & Support Services
|Dates||October 2022 – Present|
|Client||KfW & Laos Government (Department of Forest & Department of Forest Inspection|
Global Forestry Services is supporting the development of the Lao Timber Legality Assurance System in collaboration with NIRAS-IP over a 5 year project funded by KfW. GFS will develop a comprehensive forest sector monitoring system that will incorporate integration of a field Verification System with a Digital Information Management System, supported by extensive training for capacity building in the formation of the Laos TLAS. The proposed Digital Information Management System will be comprised of three key elements: (i) a forest module, (ii) a wood processing and trade module, and (iii) a FLEGT licensing module.
The field verification system will be based on site evaluation of forest management, harvesting, identification of logs, log transport, receipt by mills, production of raw material through finished products for local sale and export. GFS will provide extensive training of government staff and companies as appropriate to meet the Lao TLAS requirements, verification protocols, and use of the Information Management System.
|Dates||May 2021 – Present|
|Client||Sabah Forestry Department – Sabah, Malaysia.|
|GFS conducts independent monitoring for Legal Compliance to the Sabah Timber Legality Standard P1-6 for all licensed forests, manufacturing, trade, and export companies in Sabah as part of the GFS Legal Verification and Wood Tracking Services.
GFS conducts monthly field assessments to verify compliance of forest management & operations to the Sabah TLAS Legal Standard (Principles 1-4) and annual monitoring of Legal Compliance of manufacturing, trade & export companies (Principles 5-6).
GFS posts summary assessment reports on the GFS Website under the client database and issues a Statement of Compliance as applicable. The Sabah Forestry Department issues a Sabah TLAS Compliance Certificate based on the GFS assessment report and a compliance statement.
|Dates:||Feb – June 2023|
|Status:||Pending Confirmation – (Project Scope Identification & PIN)|
|Client:||Greenworld Sdn Bhd|
|Description:||The key project objective is to develop a Pilot Project on carbon & wildlife conservation in the Class I protected Forest Reserve of Ulu Segama to mitigate the effects of “Climate Change” as well as provide a system to protect and enhance habitat for wildlife; watershed, biodiversity that is associated with existing natural forests that can be certified under the Global Conservation Standard. Additional project goals are to develop programs for environmental education, research and care facilities for wildlife in relation to the conservation project activities.
The Carbon Conservation project goal is to monetize the carbon and conservation values of the forest area to support enhancement and preservation of both carbon and key wildlife species such as the Orangutan, Sun Bear and Pigmy Elephants within Ulu Segama Forest Reserve. Ulu Segama has been certified under the FSC system for management related to conservation activities, however as there are no harvesting activities to gain market advantages for certified timber products.
Project Scope / Identification: The initial step in establishment of the carbon conservation forestry project is to carry out a preliminary evaluation of the proposed areas within class 1 protected forest reserve of Ulu Segama FR for enhancement / preservation and of carbon stock and habitat for wildlife in relation to the requirements of the Global Conservation Standard.
|Dates:||September 2014 – Continual|
|Client:||Samling Group of Companies – Sarawak, Malaysia.|
GFS provides independent legal compliance monitoring to Samling Group of Companies’ forestry concessions in Sarawak, Malaysia, against the Sarawak Legality Standard (STLVS Principles 1-4). Scope of assessments for natural tropical forests included:
FTL No. T/0390
FTL No. T/0404
FTL No. T/0405
FTL No. T/0411
FTL No. T/3670
|Dates:||June 2013 – Continual|
|Client:||Ta Ann Holdings Berhad|
|Description:||GFS provides independent legal compliance monitoring to Ta Ann Group of Companies’ forestry concessions in Sarawak, Malaysia, against the Sarawak Legality Standard (STLVS Principles 1-4). Scope of assessments for natural tropical forests and plantations included:
FTL No. T/3135
LPF No. LPF/0010
|Dates:||October 2015 – Continual|
|Client||Shin Yang Sdn Bhd – Sarawak, Malaysia.|
|Description:||GFS provides independent legal compliance monitoring to Shin Yang Group of Companies’ forestry concessions in Sarawak, Malaysia, against the Sarawak Legality Standard (STLVS Principles 1-4). Scope of assessments for natural tropical forests included:
FTL No. T/3228
FTL No. T/3342
FTL No. T/3432
FTL No. T/9155
|Status:||Completed & Current Projects – Malaysia; Thailand; Philippines; Vietnam; China|
|Client||Private wood processing and timber trading companies|
|Description:||GFS provides evaluation and monitoring of manufacturers and traders under the Wood Tracking Program (WTP) based on a formal Chain of Custody (COC) systems (Standard GFS-WI-006-WTP.3 or local standard) to track the material used in wood products are verified legal and traceable back to the forest or plantation.
Participating companies must have a formal risk assessment of all suppliers to evaluate legal origin of raw material. All suppliers that are NOT considered low risk must be verified legal, based on field visits to the site to document compliance with legal requirements (GFS-WI-006-LVS-1 or local standard). Companies under a GFS Wood Tracking Program are assessed annually (or as deemed necessary) to verify continual compliance to the COC system.
|Dates:||2008 – Continual|
|Status:||Completed & Current|
|Client:||Private Manufacturing Companies: Singapore; Malaysia; Indonesia.|
|Description:||GFS provided training and support to numerous companies for development of Chain of Custody systems to meet FSC & PEFC certification standards. All companies trained under the GFS TSS attained FSC & PEFC certification:|