FSC and UN Climate Conferences
FSC forest stewardship considers the impact of management regimes on forest carbon cycles and aims at maintaining, restoring or enhancing forest carbon resources. FSC standards provide strong safeguards for sustaining the yield of forest products, to conserve biological diversity and soils, and to maintain the ecological functions of forests.
Good forest management therefore needs to consider carbon cycles and should aim at maintaining or restoring carbon stocks. Adoption of Motion 16 at the 2011 General Assembly, recognizing forest carbon as environmental value, allows FSC to become explicit about forest carbon stewardship.
Warsaw COP 19 – Nov. 2013
At COP19, FSC presented its new due diligence system for carbon schemes.
On 14 November, FSC, Gold Standard and Fairtrade International held an official side event at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw. At the event, titled ‘Leading trends in results-based finance for climate, environment and development’, the three organizations showed how they have aligned their system to ensure the adequate stewardship, safeguarding, monitoring and accounting of forest carbon. This is helping to scale up the practices, attract new sources of finance, and provide investors and certified beneficiaries with much-needed confidence. In 2011, the FSC board approved its climate engagement strategy. This built on the recommendations of the FSC Forest Carbon Working Group, which was set up after the general assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, the FSC Ecosystem Services program has been implementing this strategy.
A key component of the strategy is to identify the reputational and technical risks for FSC certificate holders in providing ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and storage), in terms of the claims they make and rewards they receive. The strategy also includes measures to protect the integrity of the FSC brand.
Doha COP 18 – Dec. 2012
FSC was prominent at COP 18, with an official side event followed by a cocktail reception, information booths at the COP official venue and at the Forest Day 6 and participation in an Issue Marketplace discussion.
Collaborating on COP18 events The Gold Standard and FSC were able to share and inform of the progress they have made to date.
The side event, which was presented to a well attended audience on Friday 30 November, saw Stefan Salvador from FSC and Adrian Rimmer from The Gold Standard, outlined how they are working together to combine knowledge and streamline certification procedures to scale-up sustainable resource management and low carbon development.
This growing collaboration between ‘best-in-class’ standards represents what the market wants – streamlined and simplified processes and reduced transaction costs. It will help scale up and fast-track sustainable resource management and low carbon development and provides a one-stop shop for responsible corporates and project developers who want to make fair, transparent and credible environmental and social investments.
Durban COP 17 – Nov. 2011
FSC was represented at COP 17 with an official side event, an information booth at the CIFOR Forest Day 5 and participation in a panel discussion. In 2011, FSC further strengthened its role as a key advocate for positive change with regards to climate change issues.
The well-attended FSC side event focused on the important potential of forest certification towards low-carbon forestry, providing safeguards and co-benefits for A/R and REDD+ projects. Organized by FSC and CarbonFix, the event showcased the FSC Climate Change Strategy to a diverse group of stakeholders. The strategy will guide the organization on how to position and evolve itself in mitigation efforts against climate change over the coming years.
The event gathered a panel of experts including Jeffrey Hayward from Rainforest Alliance, Adrian Enright from SNV, Eduard Merger, from UNIQUE, Pieter van Midwoud from CarbonFix and Stefan Salvador from FSC.
FSC was also present in Durban with an information stand at the Forest Day on 4 December, where more than 1,000 visitors gathered for what has become one of the most important and influential global events on forests and climate change.
FSC also participated in the BWI global conference Forestry, Opportunities and Actions for Trade Unions. During the panel segment, Climate Change and Wood and Forestry, FSC Policy Manager Stefan Salvador highlighted how FSC offers the most comprehensive safeguards to make sure that social and environmental concerns are adequately addressed, that standards are well-governed, their implementation transparently verified and any disputes effectively resolved.
Cancun COP 16 – Dec. 2010
FSC was present at UNFCCC in Cancun with an information booth at the Forest Day as well as with a side event at COP-16. A large number of participants visited the booth and attended the side event.
The side event focused on the importance of Improved Forest Management for achieving climate benefits in natural tropical forests and maintaining their productivity and biodiversity in the long term. Organized by FSC and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the event took place on 6 December. Mr. Eric Palola, Senior Director of Forests for Wildlife at the National Wildlife Federation chaired the event and facilitated the panel discussion.
A panel of experts including Francis E. Putz from the University of Florida, Sandra Brown from Winrock International, Bronson Griscom from TNC, and Stefan Salvador from FSC underlined the positive impact of FSC certification on low-carbon logging practices. FSC forest certification was referred to as a critical instrument to facilitate, monitor and reward the introduction of relevant forest management activities.
Copenhagen COP 15 – Dec. 2009
FSC held a very well attended formal UNFCCC side-event on 16 December 2009 focused on the potential role played by FSC in the context of REDD+.
Eric Palola (National Wildlife Federation) facilitated the discussion and was joined by panellists Jeffrey Hayward (Rainforest Alliance), Claudia Santizo (Consejo Nacional de areas protegidas de Guatemala) and Stefan Salvador (FSC IC), who discussed the need to improve management of productive forest lands to address climate change and forest conservation. Mixing protective and extractive management practices can significantly reduce forest degradation if carried out to internationally accepted social and environmental standards such as those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- Why improved forest management, which includes logging and non-timber forest product extraction, plays a pivotal role in REDD+.
- Forest Stewardship Council certification: certifying social and environmental responsibility of managed forests.
- Case study from Guatemala: How FSC certified community forest management leads to less forest degradation.