ASI announced: NEPCon suspension decision deleted from the record
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EU and Poland arm-wrestling about Białowieża – Europe’s largest primeval forest
The never-ending conflict around the Białowieża forest has escalated to the level that it may challenge the certification of all state forests in Poland. It involves an injunction issued by the European Court of Justice, eurosceptic Polish authorities ignoring the injunction and very…
Fraud in certified products: is blockchain the answer?
All products that are certified as being environmentally or socially responsible have to rely on a Chain of Custody system to keep track of products as they move along the supply chain. And all such systems are potentially open to fraud. Can blockchain, the much-talked about code behind…
Public consultation on the revised Policy of Association
NEPCon invites stakeholders to provide feedback on our revised Policy of Association. The consultation will be open until 9 January 2018.
FSC poised to launch Ecosystem Services Market Tools
For the past year, FSC has been pilot testing its tools for valuing the conservation and restoration of forests, which will provide FSC-certified forest managers with additional and diversified revenue for the positive impact that their activities have – for instance – on biodiversity,…
Gender issues at the FSC General Assembly: always present but not always correct
FSC has made very tangible steps forward on gender through its adoption – in 2015 – of Criterion 2.2 in the new FSC Principles and Criteria (P&C V5-2 EN); which commits FSC to promoting Gender Equality in its work. Criterion 2.2 is articulated through nine indicators designed to…
Do we need Controlled Wood?
In Tuesday’s FSC General Assembly programme were two sessions focusing on controlled wood (CW), including – in the morning – a session on the CW Strategy. This was organised as a ‘fish bowl’ event in which six speakers gave their personal thoughts about the future of controlled wood; with…
“The Race to the Bottom?”: How can we ensure quality, impartial auditing?
Monday morning’s session at the FSC General Assembly Can CBs deliver independent audits? raised important issues and described risks associated with FSC auditing; for example, increased price competition leading to undesirable outcomes such as less evaluation effort, softened non-…
The business case for getting sustainability certification for timber or palm oil: a case study from Malaysia
Getting certified costs money. It’s worth doing from an environmental point of view, but is it worth doing from a purely business point of view?
Community Certification in the FSC System
Another area that deserves special focus from FSC is community certification. When communities have legal ownership over their lands, deforestation is lower, and biodiversity protection and carbon storage are higher. However, in only 10% of cases are community land rights formally…