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Status: Creation of Second Draft


Title: FSC Pesticides Policy
Code: FSC-POL-30-001
Type: Policy
Coordinator: Maria Melero
Start Date: August 2015
Purpose: This policy regulates the use of pesticides in FSC certified operations.
Objective(s): To identify the best feasible approach to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in FSC certified forests and plantations and to prevent, minimize and mitigate the related environmental and social impacts.
Working Group and technical experts:
  • Colin Maunder, Timberlands Limited, economic North,
  • Jonas Felipe Salvador, Duratex Florestal Ltda, economic South,
  • Rina Guadagnini, Pesticide Action Network UK, environmental North,
  • Debbie Muir, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), environmental South,
  • Wade Cachagee, Cree-Tech Inc., social North,
  • Doralice Ortiz Ortiz, Corporación Aldea Global, social South,
  • Verica Vasic, University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, economic South,
  • Robinson Antonio Pitelli, São Paulo State University – UNESP, environmental South,
  • Melanie (Lain) Dare, University of Canberra, social North


Date Activity Link
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15 May - 15 July 2018 Public consultation on the second draft

Public consultation

Information about the webinars during the consultation will be published here soon.

January - April 2018 Preparation of second draft  
11-14 December 2017 Pesticides Policy Working Group meeting in Lisbon (Portugal)  
November - December 2017 Analysis stakeholder feedback See analysis of feedback
9 October 2017 (11.00 am – 12.30 pm) Side event at the FSC General Assembly in Vancouver (Canada)  FSC General Assembly Programme
September 2017 Webinars: Four webinars for different time zones have been conducted in English and Spanish 

View presentation in English 

View presentation in Spanish

Listen to the webinar in English

Listen to the webinar in Spanish

31 July - 29 October 2017 Public consultation on the first draft of the revised Policy

See draft 1 EN

See draft 1 (HHP lists) EN

Ver borrador 1 SP

Ver borrador 1 (Listas de PAP) SP

10-14 April 2017 Pesticides Policy Working Group meeting in Piracicaba (Brazil)  
November 2016 Based on Working Group recommendation, the FSC International Board of Directors reconfirmed decision on requirements for the latest active ingredients added to the FSC list of 'highly hazardous" pesticides Read technical news update
27-30 September 2016 Pesticides Policy Working Group KICK OFF meeting in Bonn (Germany)  
21 June 2016 Working Group established to revise FSC Pesticides Policy Read technical news update
20 February 2016 Open call for working group members of social and environmental chambers Read technical news update
15 December 2015 Open call for stakeholders and technical experts to join working group for revision of FSC Pesticides Policy Read technical news update
10 November 2015 Terms of reference (ToR) for the working group approved by the FSC International Board of Directors Read ToR