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6 March, 2019

TIPWG Newsletter

Welcome to the first Timber Industry Pesticide Working Group (TIPWG) newsletter.

TIPWG is kicking off 2019 with a quarterly newsletter, bringing to your attention the latest pesticide-related happenings in the forestry sector. But before we dive into 2019, let's quickly recap 2018!

The TIPWG website has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch on March 21st last year, generating a global audience that grows monthly.

The formation of the TIPWG Advisory Committee in late 2018 has been another milestone in our transformation. The committee, comprising forestry experts with years of industry experience, will play an instrumental role in the new submissions process for the TIPWG approved pesticides list (APL). We would like to thank and welcome Bernard Bakker (SOS Contractors), Chris Foster (SAFCOL), Ashleigh Pettersson (Sappi) and Michael Shuttleworth (Mondi).

2019 looks to be an interesting year, with changes to the FSC's Pesticide Policy keeping us all on the edge of our seats. The PEFC approval of the SAFAS standard had everyone in industry cheering, in particular the smaller growers. It will be nice to see the SAFAS/PEFC stamp of approval become as recognised as FSC's! On the TIPWG front, we have a number of exciting additions to the website planned, which we will be updating you on shortly.

Finally, like all things in this industry, success is very much dependent on collaboration and support! We want to make this newsletter something people enjoy receiving and to do this we need your contributions. TIPWG members have a wealth of knowledge and information. In the words of Margaret Fuller, "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it," so if you have an idea for an interesting article, an opinion piece or simply an important update, we would love to hear from you.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter!

Yours in all thing's pesticide related,

Roger Poole

TIPWG Chairman

Whats New

SAFAS certification

Compared to other agricultural land users in South Africa, the forestry industry is one of the most heavily regulated. So, it might surprise many people outside the industry to learn that the new SAFAS certification system was initiated, developed and supported by the forestry sector. From a pesticide working group perspective, SAFAS is welcomed - click here to find out why!

Getting rid of Glyphosate?

There is a global debate on Glyphosate, which is yielding very different outcomes - click here to find out more.

TIPWG website news
We are thrilled to have finally launched the TIPWG research page. Although, still a work in progress, it acts as a directory, providing information on "who's who" in the industry, as well as showcasing the research currently being conducted.

The newly formed TIPWG advisory body will streamline the TIPWG endorsement process when adding new pesticides to the TIPWG approved pesticide list (APL). To find out more about how this is done and whose involved, click here.

Finally, we have been busy on the standard operating procedure (SOP) front, with four new additions to our growing bank of SOPs - click here to find out more.
In the spotlight
International forest certification body PEFC endorses locally developed South African standard.

On 14 November, at its general assembly in Geneva, the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) announced its endorsement of the South African Forestry Accreditation Scheme (SAFAS), a local initiative that seeks to make forest certification more accessible to small-scale timber growers. Click here to learn more.

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SAFAS implications on pesticide use

"When it comes to pesticide use, the SAFAS standard is directly aligned with national legislation and only allows chemicals that are registered for use in forestry in [accordance with Act36/1947]." David Everard

"This ensures that a good quality of crop protection chemicals (pesticides) are supplied to the users and that these chemicals do not adversely affect the environment or public interest." Craig Norris

"One of the pesticide related requirements the SAFAS system does place emphasis on, is the need for easily accessible information. This is a role that TIPWG, in particular their website, plays very well." David Everard

Whats it about

The Timber Industry Pesticide Working Group (TIPWG) exists to promote responsible and effective use of pesticides to all South African timber growers. Regardless of whether you're a small or large grower, a certified or non-certified timber producer, TIPWG is there for you. To find out more about how we do this, click here.

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The TIPWG website has a central role in promoting the responsible and effective use of pesticides to all South African timber growers.

The website has a dual purpose:

  1. Through the use of infographics we have broken down some of the more complex aspects associated with pesticide/biopesticide use - like legislation - in order to make it more accessible.
  2. It provides a platform to inform South African timber growers of any changes in pesticide availability and standard operating procedures.
In 2019 we are planning to build on the website by adding:
  1. Research page.
  2. Integrated Pest Management page.
  3. Stakeholder consultation page.
The role of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Essentially a set of step-by-step instructions compiled to assist in the carrying out of complex or high-risk routine operations. SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality output and uniformity of performance, while reducing miscommunication and failure to comply with industry and legal regulations. In our SOP series, we endeavour to use what is known as "best practice" to ensure a high consistent standard is maintained within the industry and that sustainable business practices are ensured. To find out more about our SOPs, click here.

A look ahead

Publishing pesticide research - a new avenue
An issue raised by many involved with forestry-related pesticide research is the issue of where to publish one's research, we may have the solution.

Pesticide research is a vital component of modern forestry and crucial in the quest to reduce our reliance on pesticides. With this in mind, TIPWG has been looking into the possibility of producing a digital magazine for forestry sector to publish pesticide-related research.

Click here, to learn more.

Modifications to the TIPWG approved pesticide list (APL)

We are in the process of amending the TIPWG APL, to find out why click here. We will re-post the APL on the TIPWG website and inform members of the update.

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