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FSC has joined 100+ NGOs supporting the #Together4Forests movement.
The FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure has helped Maderacre verify its positive impacts on biodiversity and carbon.
Companies committed to sustainable forest management in the Congo are doing their part to advance the life of Indigenous Peoples, like the Baaka, with dignity.
In the fight against climate change, every forest counts. Forests capture and store carbon dioxide—one of the greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change.
Sustainably managed forests offer complementary benefits: They continually capture carbon in the soil and their biomass while providing countless materials we use every day. Using materials from sustainably managed forests can reduce our dependence on less sustainable materials like steel or concrete. In turn, these forest-based materials retain the carbon they capture even as they’re used to build the furniture, buildings, and bridges we rely on.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), restoring and sustainably managing the world’s forests can help us remove the equivalent of all the carbon emitted by oil usage every year.1
Our proven framework balances the economic, environmental, and social value of forests.
We have an established history of convening diverse economic, environmental, and social interests in a way that facilitates real change for the health and resilience of forests around the world. We’re putting this experience to use developing collaborative and practical solutions to fight climate change.
Forests that measure carbon storage using our Ecosystem Services procedure realize a 14 per cent average increase in carbon stocks over a management cycle by implementing forest management practices such as increased rotation length and preservation of dead wood.
Consumers want to help fight climate change but often don’t know how. The globally recognized FSC label empowers consumers by helping them identify and purchase products that originate from responsibly managed forests.
Kim Carstensen, FSC’s director general, talks about the challenge of climate change and how FSC can help brands take meaningful action.
FSC is a proud participant in Amazon’s “Climate Pledge Friendly” programme, which helps consumers choose sustainable products. FSC is the only programme participant that focuses exclusively on forest products.
“Ecosystem services” is a term used to describe all the benefits humans derive from nature. Our Ecosystem services procedure helps forest managers quantify the benefits their forests provide, including carbon storage.
As part of this procedure, we launched a carbon monitoring tool to give FSC certificate holders a cost-effective and practical way to assess the carbon captured and stored by their forests.
1. IPCC, Special Report: Climate Change and Land, Chapter 2
1. Global Carbon Budget 2021 https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/1917/2022/