FSC developed this Guidance for Standard Developers to Develop a National Threshold for the Core Area of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) within the Management Unit in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The FSC International Board of Directors recently approved its publication.

The guidance is available both in English and Spanish and complements the set of guidance on high conservation values (HCV) published in January 2020. This set recently became available in Spanish as well.

Please read this overview of the published documents. It includes more details on their scope, target groups and link between the existing HCV guidance documents.

Why a new guidance on the protection of IFLs?

FSC has previously developed documentation to help creating indicators to monitor the protection of the vast majorities1 of IFLs. These materials are the results of a motion that the FSC membership passed at their 2014 General Assembly. The documentation includes the Advice Note for the interpretation of the default clause of Motion 65 (ADVICE 20-007-18) included in the FSC Directive on Forest Management Evaluations (FSC-DIR-20-007) and the second version of the FSC-STD-60-004 FSC International Generic Indicators (IGIs) Standard which contains the IGIs for IFLs.

IGIs are a starting point to develop indicators used into FSC national standards. They include numerous instructions for standard developers to do so. Despite those instructions, some countries struggle to set national indicators for the protection of the vast majorities of IFLs. Such difficulties have led to some delays in the standard setting process in many countries. Therefore, FSC local stakeholders widely agreed for the need to have additional guidance in the countries having IFLs.


1'Vast majority' is an FSC term referring to the 80% of the total area of Intact Forest Landscapes within the Management Unit as of January 1, 2017. Please see the complete definition in the IFL Guidance.