27 November 2012 — Forestry Stewardship Council Australia has reported a 12 per cent increase in Chain of Custody certificates issued and a 49 per cent increase in forest area certified in Australia in 2012 at its sixth annual Excellence Awards in Melbourne. FSC International director general Kim Carstensen said the Asia Pacific region had seen the greatest growth in FSC certification of anywhere in the world over the past 12 months. “By the end of 2012 we expect more than 6000 certificates will have been issued in this region – to forest managers, sawmills, processors, manufacturers and retailers. Australian forestry, if it embraces certification, is very well placed to take advantage in this growing interest in and demand for certification in the region and closer to home, from Australian consumers who want certainty about the sustainability of the products they buy.” For a list of winners go to www.fscaustralia.org