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Risk Assessments for 20 Countries are Now Available

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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At the end of 2015, the Policy and Standards Director at the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) International approved FSC risk assessments for 20 countries.

These risk assessment assess the risk of sourcing wood harvested illegally, in violation of traditional and human rights, and from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. They are now available for download.

FSC risk assessments are used by organizations sourcing controlled wood according to the standard FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood, the latest version (V3-0) of which was published on 18 December 2015, following an extensive revision process.

In countries with a dedicated national risk assessment working group – comprising stakeholders representing economic, environmental and social interests – the recently approved risk assessments will be further developed using local expertise. In countries without such groups, the risk assessments will become normative once all controlled wood categories have been assessed and formally approved. In both cases, once all controlled wood categories have been assessed for a country, the risk assessments will become mandatory for use by organizations sourcing controlled wood following FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0.

The approved risk assessments have been published on a new FSC risk assessment database webpage, which contains information on all currently available FSC risk assessments, and current and future developments in 53 countries. A simple PDF, which outlines all dates of ongoing and planned risk assessments is available separately, here.


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