The technical working group was vetted by a thorough application and selection process and approved by the FSC Policy Steering Group on 14 September 2021.This newly established working group comprises of experts in FSC certification for smallholders and community forestry, representatives from certificated bodies, group management and supporting organizations who will all bring an informed and multi-stakeholder background to the revision process. To learn more about the members please visit the process page here.

They will now begin to revise the current version of FSC-STD-01-003, SLIMF Eligibility Criteria, starting with  extensive online meetings the week of 27 September to 01 October to agree on the scope and shape the roadmap for further action.

The technical working group is tasked with discussing  expanding the scope of the standard to cover and include all uses of the SLIMF concept within the FSC system and improve consistency and transparency. Further, it shall introduce an objective and transparent mechanism to develop and approve nationally-adapted thresholds for ‘small’ and ‘low intensity’ managed forests. This is a crucial standard for smallholders within the FSC system and an important step towards increasing accessibility of owners and managers of smaller or low intensity managed forests. .

FSC encourages constant stakeholder feedback and invite those interested in the process of the revision to follow the revision  on the dedicated process page of the FSC website. There you will find announcements and opportunities for future engagement.

If you have any question about the process, please contact Joachim Meier-Dörnberg, FSC Social Policy Manager: j.meier-doernberg@fsc.org