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Communities, families, and smallholders worldwide who manage small or low-intensity forests can benefit from the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC’s) commitment to sustainable ecosystems. FSC offers a portfolio of solutions and tools these managers can use to reduce the cost and complexity of certification and open the door to new market opportunities.
Certification opens access to the increasingly globalized market for sustainably sourced timber and other forest products, including natural rubber, cork, nuts, and more.
FSC certification provides a framework that can help ensure the long-term productivity of your forest while protecting its health and resilience for generations to come.
As part of the certification process, many operations have the opportunity to learn about additional methods for responsible forestry. Tools provided by FSC can also offer support for reducing operational costs and improving administration.
FSC is trusted by NGOs and governments worldwide. Earning FSC certification shows you are committed to responsible forest management and have an established management plan for your business. Both factors attract donors, government entities, and other investors looking to support sustainable forestry.
Group certification is a simpler, less expensive way for small-forest or community operations to become FSC certified. This approach lets forest managers join together to share the workload and cost associated with becoming FSC certified.
Forest owners can come together to form a new group or join an existing group in the area. A group administrator helps all members in the group conform with FSC standards and manages the process for certification and annual audits.
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Forest managers can group together and share their efforts, which makes it easier for community and family forests to become FSC certified. This streamlines requirements and audit procedures, reducing the overall cost and effort involved.
Download the Group Standard here.
The Continuous Improvement Procedure empowers small, low-intensity, and community forests to become FSC certificate holders while they work toward full implementation of the FSC standards. Forest managers initiate and implement crucial measures immediately and then commit to a step-by-step plan to conform with all requirements within five years.
Download the procedure here.
FSC has developed definitions for small, low-intensity, and community forests so FSC standards and other FSC requirements can be adapted for local contexts. To find out if SLIMF or community forest certification is available in your area, contact your local FSC team.
FSC has developed a regional standard that meets the specific needs of small-scale forests in Southeast Asia, where the average forest size is about three hectares. This new, outcome-oriented standard significantly reduces the complexity of certification. A pilot program in India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam is now being rolled out.
Monitor the progress of this initiative here.
FSC is developing a number of tools to help managers of community and family forests find and access markets for their products. These tools include:
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Be recognized for your commitment to responsible forestry with ecosystem services claims from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
This innovative solution empowers you to communicate the value of your forest in a way that’s scientifically quantified, reported, and verified. That information can then be used to match you with sponsors who share your vision and can offer long-term support for your sustainability goals.
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Your local FSC team is here to guide you through the certification process.
We are committed to developing flexible solutions for small, low-intensity, and community forests that reduce the cost and effort of certification for both the initial certification and the annual audit process. To learn how you can take advantage of the solutions and tools covered earlier on this page, contact your local FSC team.
For help finding existing groups that are accepting new members, contact your local FSC team.
No. FSC certification is available for a wide variety of forest products, including cork, bamboo, natural rubber, nuts and seeds, honey, mushrooms, and more. Find additional information about FSC certification for non-timber forest products here.