Project title

FSC Policy on Conversion




Yan Li;

Project Supervisor

Maria Pilar Melero; 

Technical coordinator

Pasi Miettinen; 

Start date

May 2018

End date

June 2020

Purpose of the document

Develop a high-level conversion policy considering compensation for past conversion, in terms of:
a. restoration and/or conservation for environmental values: and
b. restitution for socio-economic values.

Strategic alignment

At the General Assembly 2017 in Vancouver, Canada the membership approved Motion 7 recognizing the strategic importance of addressing the issues around conversion of natural forest-related ecosystems to plantations and the need for alignment of the diverse ways in which conversion is treated in different parts of the FSC normative framework.

Working group

Name - Sub Chamber- Email Address
Justin Mercer – Economic North -
Francisco Javier Rodriguez Aspillaga - Economic South
Annika Terrana – Environmental North-
Michal Zrust- Environmental South-
Dr. Marcus Colchester – Social North -
Dharam Pal Singh, Verma- Social South-


Join the Consultative Forum
April 2021
FSC-POL-01-007 Policy on Conversion Version V1-0 crosswalk - Revisions between draft 3-0 and current draft 4-0

Read the document here

February 2021
Next steps for finalization of conversion policy

Read the document here.

December 2020
Updated Motion 7 processes timeline
September 2020
Publication of FSC green paper on conversion - 1994 Cut-Off Date & Beyond

Read the paper here

24 September and 21 October 2020
7 September 2020 to 6 November 2020
Public consultation for the third draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion
14 January 2019 to 5 February 2020
17 December 2019 to 16 February 2020
Public consultation for the second draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion
5 November 2019
Composition of the Technical Working Group is announced

Read the news item here.

14, 20 August, 17 September 2019
1st August to 30 September 2019
Public consultation for the first draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion
25 to 28 June 2019
Third meeting of the Working Group in Bonn (Germany)
19 to 22 February 2019
Second meeting of the Working Group in Bonn (Germany)
2 to 5 October 2018
First meeting of the Working Group in Bonn (Germany)
28 August 2018
Composition of the Working Group is announced
05 to 26 June 2018 (Extended until 18 July)
Open call for FSC members to join Working Group for developing FSC Policy on Conversion
05 June 2018
Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Working Group approved by the Steering Committee


[ES] TOR WG_Policy on Conversion amended
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