More than 40 key stakeholders joined FSC Chile’s first stakeholder engagement event in its new central office in Concepción, a deliberate move to be close to its affected stakeholders.

This stakeholder engagement activity is timely, as FSC Chile starts to review its national strategy for the next three years. The workshops were the first of several planned to take place across Latin America. As reported earlier, the goal is to ensure that smallholders and communities can advance up the steps towards FSC certification in a progressive way. So far, the engagements have been well received by global companies, forest owners, nongovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders.

Among the list of participants were the Chilean standard development group, eight individuals representing social, economic and environmental interests entrusted to set a new standard for responsible forest management in Chile. Other prominent guests included national members of FSC Chile, local small-forest owners, group certification administrator, representatives from companies, NGOs and governmental institutions and members of the press.

“The opening of a new central office in Concepción marks an important milestone for FSC on its journey to delivering on its promise to align with the capacities and cultural perspectives of important constituencies such as smallholders and communities,” said Mario Rivas, President of FSC.

This work is led by the New Approaches to Smallholder and Communities (New Approaches) project. For more information on New Approaches, please contact Vera Santos at For information about the stakeholder engagement activities or trails in Latin America, please contact Janja Eke at