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The new EU Deforestation-free Regulation (EUDR), enacted in June 2023, places strict requirements on companies to ensure their supply chains are deforestation-free and sustainably managed. It requires companies to take measures to support sustainable land use in their supply chains, which strongly aligns with the FSC system. However, the EUDR introduces additional requirements for geolocation and traceability; two features FSC is actively working on providing through technology solutions.
Smallholders, as key players in forest management, face unique challenges in complying with these regulations. The barriers faced by communities, smallholders, and family forests in certification are global and apply to smallholders accessing the EU market. These difficulties include the number and complexity of requirements, lack of technical capacity, and costs. For 30 years, FSC has been working with smallholders to overcome these barriers and enable them to responsibly manage their forests for enhanced market access. These same tools and benefits for certification can be applied to comply with EUDR.
How FSC supports community and family forests to comply with EUDR
Through certification, smallholders and supporting organizations can benefit from existing tools and solutions that include due diligence support, traceability, documentation, and capacity building; each an integral component towards EUDR compliance.
Our comprehensive tools for community and family forests support EUDR compliance through:
Moving forward together
While FSC certification offers significant support to smallholders under the EUDR, challenges remain. Smallholders often operate in remote areas with limited access to information and resources, making the certification process challenging. Moreover, certification can entail costs, both in terms of fees and implementing legal and sustainable practices. To address these challenges, it is essential for governments, NGOs, and FSC itself to provide tailored assistance, subsidies, and technical support to smallholders.
The EUDR legislation of 2023 represents a transformative step towards combatting deforestation and promoting sustainability. FSC certification can serve as an integral stepping-stone for smallholders, offering guidance, and a credible framework for responsible land management. FSC's comprehensive framework and support system aids smallholders in navigating the complexities of the EU deforestation-free products regulation while promoting sustainable and responsible forestry practices. By empowering smallholders to achieve FSC certification, we can work together to ensure the future of our forests, protect our environment, and create a more sustainable and responsible supply chain within and outside the European Union.
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