Institute responds on GB biosecurity strategy & UKWAS 5 revisions

On 30 November we submitted and published responses to two important consultations.

GB Biosecurity Strategy

With exponential growth of pests and diseases in the last 30 years, worsening as climate changes, we are facing a huge challenge to the biosecurity of trees, woods and forests. Our response suggested five priority areas for the strategy:

  • Agility in policy response to outbreaks
  • Collaboration across departments, governments and countries
  • Skills and training to ensure we have the right people to support good practice
  • Incentives and support for businesses
  • Research and monitoring, including effective communication and knowledge exchange


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UKWAS 5 Consultation Round 2

As an independent certification standard for woodland management, UKWAS is a pillar of sustainable forestry practice. Our main points were:

  • The importance of this certification standard to UK forestry
  • Our overall support for the revisions, the work of the Steering Group and the drafting group
  • Welcoming the greater emphasis on climate change and forest resilience
  • The importance of productive forestry as our use of wood and wood products grows
  • The need for the work to be managed by professionals with the right skills and expertise


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To view all of our recent consultation responses, visit this page.

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