Under the banner of its New Approaches for Smallholders and Communities Certification (or ‘New Approaches’) project, FSC aims to simplify its certification process for smallholders and communities.

One of the measures developed to meet this challenge is the continuous improvement concept, an ongoing process in which smallholders take flexible steps to gain FSC certification over time. A distinction is made between requirements that smallholders must meet from the start – “critical criteria” – and other steps that can be achieved later, in a progressive way, within a specified timeframe.

After one and half years of testing and consultation, the FSC International Board of Directors has just approved the development of an official procedure to turn the continuous improvement concept into a concrete framework. We are now establishing a technical working group to develop that framework.

The ideal applicant should have expertise in developing national forest management standards, managing forest management or groups certificates (especially with small forest owner groups or community forests) and auditing forest management standards.

Please check the terms of reference – available at the end of this article – for all the requirements to meet. FSC will cover all travel costs associated with the in-person meetings of the working group.

Applicants fitting this profile must send their CV and the completed application form to New Approaches Manager, Rosario Galán at r.galan@fsc.org.

Click here for more information about this New Approaches initiative, including background materials.

Related documents:

- Application Form
- Terms of Reference