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FSC Re-examines the 1994 Rule for Plantations

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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Following the passage of Motion 12 at the 2014 General Assembly in Seville, Spain – which called for a process to consider the challenges and opportunities for plantation restoration and conversion – a chamber-balanced working group has drafted a proposal for potential solutions. They are opening the document for public consultation from 10 May 2016 to 11 July 2016.

We encourage all stakeholders to participate in the consultation, and to provide their opinions and ideas. We are particularly keen to have suggestions for auditable indicators and operational procedures for implementation. When the consultation is closed, the working group will revise the draft proposal based on the feedback. The revised version will again be opened for public consultations, before being ultimately finalized and presented to the FSC Board of Directors for approval, before it is voted on by the FSC membership.

The document is broken up into two sections, discussing problems and potential solutions.

1. The first section articulates the rationale behind Motion 12, outlining the motion itself, and the approaches to conversion reflected in key FSC documents. It also highlights some important developments in the wider forest and land use arena.

2. The second section shares the work of the Motion 12 working group to date. It outlines a tentative FSC position on conversion, and aims to communicate to a wider audience a clear sense of the working group’s direction in searching for solutions.

The following FSC stakeholders are strongly encouraged to participate:

  • certificate holders
  • certificate applicants
  • organizations that do not meet the current conversion rules
  • FSC key accounts
  • affected community members
  • representatives of Indigenous People
  • non-governmental organizations with a social or environmental interest
  • researchers
  • network partners
  • standard development groups
  • certification bodies.

Respondents should read the document and use the comments template to present their feedback. Once filled out, the comments template should be sent to: motion12.comments@fsc.org, by 11 July 2016.

All information – the comment form and the draft that was released for consultation – can be found here.

Please note

*The FSC Board of Directors (BM71) requires feasibility and impact analysis to be conducted for all revisions of policies or standards. This analysis will be carried out in parallel with the pub-lic consultation.

**One member of the working group has some unanswered questions related to the document, and is therefore reserving his position on the draft sent out. He has chosen, however, not to block the consultation process, expecting his questions to also be raised by other stakeholders, and therefore still be open for discussion after the first round of consultation.


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