These first assessments to be opened for consultation are for the top 20 priority countries for sourcing Controlled Wood, as previously identified by FSC International. They cover the following controlled wood categories:

  • Category 1: Illegally harvested wood;
  • Category 2: Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights; and
  • Category 5: Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

With the revision of the FSC Controlled Wood system, FSC risk assessments will eventually underpin the sourcing of Controlled Wood according to the revised Controlled Wood – Chain of Custody Standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1).

The CNRA provides risk designations to be used by organizations to source Controlled Wood, and will also be a basis for National Risk Assessments, which are conducted in greater detail at the national level. The CNRA is therefore important for organizations sourcing Controlled Wood, as well as any other stakeholders that use or monitor FSC risk assessments or the FSC Controlled Wood system.

The webpage for the stakeholder consultation can be found here. It contains individual risk assessments for the 20 priority countries and three Controlled Wood categories. The individual assessments contain the indicators of risk that were assessed, and information sources and final risk designations (low risk or specified risk) for each indicator.

The risk assessments can be downloaded and they contain blank spaces for each indicator, where stakeholders can insert any type of feedback they wish to provide. For example, a stakeholder may agree with the risk assessment of an indicator and state this, or they may disagree with an outcome and provide relevant evidence that explains why a designation may be incorrect.

All comments (and any questions) should be sent to Darren Brown at by 2 April 2015.

All feedback received will be used to finalize the assessments before they are formally approved by FSC International by June 2015.

Finalized results will eventually be published on the FSC website, as well as on the updated version of the Global Forest Registry.

The webpage for the stakeholder consultation can be found here.