The documents and changes being consulted on are:

Standard to define small and low-intensity forests to now include community forest

FSC-STD-01-003 SLIMF & Community Forest Eligibility Criteria sets a generic threshold and definition for ‘SLIMF’ and ‘community forest.’ SLIMF and community forest thresholds are then able to be adapted to the national context. The main changes being consulted on include:

  • New definition for ‘community forest’
  • Adding flexibility to national standard developers, even allowing for the threshold for SLIMF to be over 1000 hectares once there is justification in addition to stakeholder support provided

The consultation ends 13 June 2022. Learn more about the process here.

Procedure to revise and set FSC requirements

PRO-01-001 Developing & Revising Normative Documents outlines the process steps, decision-making and engagement requirements for revising or developing most FSC policies, procedures and standards. Key changes introduced in the consultation are:

  • Three different ways of conducting the revision or development process instead of one prescriptive way
  • There are now two phases: conceptual and drafting
  • More emphasis on testing
  • There is a published Normative Framework Schedule and documents are only published twice a year
  • Decision making is updated

The consultation ends 30 June 2022. Learn more about the process here.

Standard that outlines Forest Management Evaluations requirements

FSC-STD-20-007 Forest Management Evaluations outlines the auditing requirements for certification bodies when conducting a forest management evaluation. The main proposed changes are:

  • Streamlining the standard such as by:
    • eliminating Addenda A and Addenda B and incorporating all reporting requirements into only a single annex.
    • incorporating advice notes and interpretations into the standard
    • revising language of the requirements for easier understanding
  • Revising reporting requirements
  • Adding the possibility of full or partial remote auditing
  • Incorporating risk-based approaches

The consultation of Forest Management Evaluations ends 16 July 2022. Learn more about the process here.

All consultations can be accessed through FSC's Consultation Platform. We are looking forward to your input!