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Normative Document

FSC-PRO-30-006 Ecosystem Services Procedure: Impact Demonstration and Market Tools

Document Purpose

This procedure sets out the requirements for FSC-certified forest managers to credibly demonstrate the impact of their activities on the maintenance, conservation, restoration or enhancement of ecosystem services, providing them with improved access to ecosystem services markets through the use of FSC ecosystem services claims.

Objectives of the revision

The high-level objectives of this revision process are to:

  • Streamline the procedure.
  • Make it more comprehensive, while increasing clarity and simplicity.
  • Lower the costs and make it easier to access, in particular for smallholders and communities.
  • Encourage the use of the option to integrate the ES validation process in the FM evaluation process.
  • Consider new technologies available such as Earth Observation and other remote audit options to make validation easier.
Technical Working Group
  • Wesley Snell, ETIFOR (Economic)
  • Jens Kanstrup, Forest of the World (Environmental)
  • Alan Smith, Individual (Social)
  • Sriskandh Subramanian, The Gold Standard Foundation (technical expert)
  • Ana Sofía Vaz, NBI - Natural Business Intelligence & CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the University of Porto (technical expert)
  • Rachele Perazzolo, FSC Italy (technical expert)
Consultative Forum


June 2022

The Technical Working Group for the revision of the Ecosystem Services Procedure has been established. Read the news article here.

19 April to 31 May 2022

Call for applicants for the establishment of the Technical Working Group. The call was extended from 17 May to 31 May 2022.

12 April 2022

Terms of Reference approved by the Policy Steering group

15 March 2022

Board of Directors approves the establishment of a Technical Working Group formed by 3 interest balanced members and 2 to 3 technical experts at its 91st meeting

December 2021

Motion 48/2021 Streamline the Ecosystem Services Procedure, incorporate more services and maximise its potential is supported by the FSC members at the FSC General Assembly

3 December 2021 - 9 January 2022

Review report recommending a revision of the procedure is consulted

PSU_Review Report_FSC-PRO-30-006_v0-2.pdf
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ToR_TWG_FSC-PRO-30-006 ES PRO v1-1.pdf
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