This is timely in a context of a broader discussion to develop spatial data, at FSC but also in the forestry sector in general.
The map is publicly available and downloadable on the FSC NZ website here.
The map has come a long way. It was created according to a request from different environmental organisations, community associations, individuals and companies. As per the FSC Principles and Criteria, any stakeholder must be able to contact Forest Management companies to share any supported concerns if they think companies are not managing the land in a responsible way.
Forest Managers came together to discuss the matter and agreed to provide relevant data on a voluntary base in order to create the map. Although not all companies have shared their data, we hope they will be encouraged to follow the same path.
This “NZ Made” initiative is also a first around the globe!
The FSC Standard Development Group (the team adapting the FSC 10 global Principles and Criteria to make them locally relevant) have already gained a fairly renown reputation among other countries for the quality of open discussions and the uniqueness of having a Maori Chamber apart from the required economic, social and environmental Chambers.
This development is very encouraging for stakeholders’ engagement and we hope other countries will see this map as a positive example of what can be achieved.