FSC approved the interim national standard (INS) for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on 12 February 2020. It applies to all types of forests and of organizations, as well as to some categories of non-timber forest products – their detailed list is available in the INS under Section B ‘Scope’.

The INS were developed based on the FSC Principles and Criteria (V5-2) and the international generic indicators, in addition to input from local stakeholders. The organization GFA Certification GmbH was responsible for the adaptation process.

The INS for Laos (English version) can be consulted in the FSC Document Center.

Please contact the FSC team working on forest management by email forestmanagement@fsc.org with any questions regarding the new standard.