Smallholders Access Program pilot test (USA)
To assess the feasibility of the Smallholder Access Program (SAP) simplified standard developed by Rainforest Alliance, as part of their Appalachian Woodland Alliance program. The SAP proposes a process for smallholders to temporarily join an FSC-certified forest management group. By joining these groups, small forest owners (>100ha) improve their forest management practices; legal compliance is guaranteed; and there is an increase of FSC-certified material availability.
At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 that recommended the New Approaches project to conduct several pilot tests to assess the feasibility of different approaches that can improve uptake and maintenance of certification by small forest owners and communities.
The FSC Board of Directors approved the extension of the pilot test by 14 months until June 2022.
The learnings and findings from year 1 were presented to Policy Steering Group (PSG), as well as some policy changes.
A total of 13 SAP harvest units have been successfully enrolled in the pilot test, despite restrictions caused by COVID-19.
Successful round of preliminary desk audits performed in all pilot test participants
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