‘Small or low-intensity managed forest’ (SLIMF) and ‘community forest’ are key concepts for smaller organizations and community and family forest owners to enter the FSC certification scheme. New to this version of the standard is the definition for ‘community forest’ and the possibility of standard developers to set local thresholds even beyond 1000 hectares. The added definition ensures stronger consistency worldwide and flexibility is provided to standard developers, since definitions and thresholds and other requirements of FSC can be adapted to the needs of the targeted user groups.

This revision is coordinated by the Community and Family Forests program of FSC and implemented by a technical working group. To learn more about the process and standard visit the dedicated process page here.

If you have any further questions, please contact Joachim Meier-Dörnberg, FSC Social Policy Manager at j.meier-doernberg@fsc.org.

We are looking forward to receiving your feedback by 13 June 2022!