Process

Process

The UKWAS standard is reviewed and, if necessary, revised every five years by means of a three-year revision process. The UKWAS steering group manages the review and revision process.

The key process documents are:

  • UKWAS Standard-setting Process Version 3.0 (21.11.19)
  • UKWAS Review & Revision Plan & Timetable 2020-23 Version 1.0 (21.05.20)

The beginning of a review process was announced on 1st July 2020 and the decision to undertake a revision on 28th January 2021.

Working Group

The UKWAS steering group has appointed an independent multi-chamber working group to take forward the review and, if they consider it necessary, the revision of the UKWAS standard. Peter Wilson is appointed as the independent chair. The working group will be supported by a small pool of technical experts upon whose expert knowledge the group can draw as necessary.

Following a review which considered evidence gathered from stakeholders, the working group confirmed that a revision was necessary.

The full membership of the Working Group (with nominating bodies in brackets) is as follows:

Independent Chair

  • Peter Wilson

Economic chamber

  • Amanda Calvert (Small Woods Association)
  • Ewan McIntosh (Confor)
  • Angus Mackie (Forestry & Land Scotland)
  • Stuart Wilkie (Institute of Chartered Foresters)

Environment Chamber

  • Stuart Housden (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
  • Andrew Sharkey (Woodland Trust)
  • Jonathan Spencer (Soil Association)

Social Chamber

  • John Deakin (National Trust)
  • Paul Nolan (Mersey Forest)
  • Maria Wilding (Llais y Goedwig)

Participating certification scheme representatives (non-voting)

  • Owen Davies (FSC UK)
  • Alun Watkins (PEFC UK)

Participating expert (non-voting)

  • UK Forestry Standard representative (Bob Frost)

Stakeholder forum

Standard-users and stakeholders are invited to participate in the revision by joining a stakeholder forum. Forum members will be kept up to date on progress and receive news on public consultation opportunities.

To join the stakeholder forum, please contact ukwas@ukwas.org.uk. Please include a few lines on your relevant interests so that we can better understand the composition of the Stakeholder Forum.