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The Stewardship Council ( FSC ) is an international organization established in 1993 to responsible management of the world’s Its main tools for achieving are standards setting, independent and labeling of forest products. offers customers around the the ability to choose products socially and environmentally responsible FSC was established as a response to concerns the state of the forest, globally. of the world’s forests have been altered, degraded, or converted into other uses. Despite aid-funded and forest legislation, these have proved insufficient to forest loss or forest Much of the remaining forests suffer from illegal and otherwise poor management. The to substantially improve forest practices persists.

FSC is the first worldwide certification established for forests and forest This voluntary market mechanism can be regarded as one of the most initiatives of the last decade to better forest management.

management according to FSC’s recognized standards delivers services to local and global including clean air and water. and to mitigating impacts of climate FSC directly or indirectly addresses such as illegal exploitation, loss or forest degradation and warming and has positive impacts on development, environmental conservation, alleviation and social and political

FSC is an international association of members. It is a for forest owners, timber social groups and environmental to come together to find to improve forest management FSC works to ensure the permanent of forest areas through forest management and conservation.

as being a market driven empowers consumers to express demand in the market for responsible by offering an independent, global and label for forest products. to Greenpeace, consumers can choose products with the confidence they are not contributing to the destruction of the forests. Moreover, the idea of the FSC is to guarantee that the product from responsible sources environmentally appropriate, socially and economically viable. The FSC label can be on a wide range of timber and products from paper and to medicine and jewelry.


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FSC is a global action While the FSC International Center is in Bonn, Germany, it has a decentralized of National Initiatives and Regional that develop standards and FSC certification in many countries the world. National Initiatives are the of the FSC network making FSC more and locally appropriate. As of December FSC is represented in 46 countries around the with national offices in:

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FSC promotes socially and responsible forest management wide through standard accreditation of certifiers and trademark

Together these activities that the final product the FSC logo can be traced through the process and is a guarantee to customers the product comes from sources.

FSC standard development

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FSC has 10 Principles and associated Criteria form the basis for all FSC forest standards. FSC International sets the for developing and maintaining international, and sub-national standards. This ensure that the process for FSC policies and standards are:

Transparent . The process for developing and standards is clear and accessible.

. Standards are developed in a way which the interests of all stakeholders — environmental and economic — that no one interest dominates.

. FSC strives to involve all interested and groups in the development of FSC policies and

Based on the FSC Principles and Criteria, FSC has more specific standards for or regional contexts, specific types and for specific other products such as non-timber products (Brazil nuts, but also other forest such as recreation and conservation. In where these standards are not yet certification bodies can adapt generic standards — by FSC — to local conditions. standards are called ‘locally-adapted standards’. FSC is in the process of creating its own standards to increase consistency and of the FSC system globally.

FSC forest certification requirement

With its 10 Principles and 56 associated FSC offers a comprehensive set of universally requirements for responsible forest The aim is to ensure that forest are managed to meet the social, and ecological needs of present and generations.

The FSC Principles and Criteria are the internationally recognized standards for forest management. They to all tropical, temperate and boreal and many to plantations and partially forests. Though mainly for forest management for timber they are also largely for non-timber products (e.g. nuts) and other environmental such as clean water and air and sequestration. The FSC Principles are a complete and their sequence does not an ordering of priority.

Principle 1 . Compliance with all laws and international treaties.

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