In May 2018, FSC launched a new Ecosystem Services Procedure. which offers businesses and governments a new tool to demonstrate and communicate the impact they are having on the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems they work within.
A forest can be verified for one, several or all five environmental services stipulated under this procedure, namely: species conservation, water quantity and quality improvement, increase in soil nutrients, increase of carbon stock and improvement of recreational services ecosystem services verification can be
The forestry cooperative, Waldplus, which covers over 1,000 hectares and spans between Trentino Alto-Adige, Veneto and Lombardy regions is the first to have its impacts verified in all five ecosystems services under the framework provided by FSC.
This achievement was a result of a partnership between Waldplus and Etifor, a consultancy that provides innovative solutions to measure positive impact.
So far, FSC has piloted this programme in more than 8 countries. A smallholder of Lajas Blancas in Chile was FSC’s first ES verified site. However, it was verified for one of the five components of the procedure: water quality.