This standard is applicable to all forest operations seeking FSC certification within the Congo Basin. The standard applies to the management of natural forests and plantations, managed by large forest enterprises for timber production. Specific indicators for each of the above forest types will be adapted at national level. The standard also takes into account small and low intensity managed operation (Community forests, NTFP management) in the Congo Basin region. These shall meet the international definition of SLIMF in order to qualify to use these indicators.