This motion is mainly relevant to countries in tropical regions, notably Indonesia. FSC will now have stronger means to engage, serving as a tool to help compensate people and communities impacted by forest conversion and to restore forests as a condition of FSC certification.
It focuses on improving the forest management audit reporting and data management systems.
The motion requests that FSC investigates how it addresses the Cancun Safeguards – that provide guidance on how to address potential political, social, economic and environmental impacts related to REDD+ – and applies to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to join climate change talks.
Requires an assessment of the concept of Intact Forest Landscapes at a regional scale, considering economic, social and environmental impacts in the short and long term.
The purpose is to help avoid unintended consequences as FSC moves to implement protections for Intact Forest Landscapes in forest management standards.
This revised motion, combining multiple motions, expresses very strong support from the membership to prioritise the new approaches program with an additional focus on group approaches (to engage family woodland owners and community forests), in line with the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
It directs FSC to continue implementing the revised Controlled Wood standard and completing the strategy, while also emphasizing the need for data, communications, and transparency in the system. Motion 56 also phases out the use of company risk assessments beginning 1 January 2019, a year later than originally proposed.
Sends a clear message from the membership to the FSC International Board of Directors and Secretariat about the importance of prioritizing Indigenous Cultural Landscapes – living landscapes that an indigenous group values because of its continuing importance to their cultural identity – and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.