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Creating incentives for certificate holders: Ecosystem Services Procedure and Guidance open for consultation

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


The second draft of the Ecosystem Services Procedure and the first draft of the Guidance will be open for consultation from 24 November to 23 December 2017.

The Ecosystem Services Procedure aims to provide FSC certificate holders with a process to measure the positive impact that their management has on ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, watershed services or biological diversity conservation. Once this positive impact is demonstrated, certificate holders can use several market tools to attract investments and access new markets, allowing them expanding their income sources. 

FSC ecosystem services market tools will increase the confidence of governments, investors, buyers, and businesses in ecosystem services markets. They can be used to demonstrate the impact that their investments have on preserving ecosystem services. FSC ecosystem services market tools will also help connect these investors with FSC certificate holders and interesting projects worth funding. 

The guidance provides further detail to help understand the different steps of the procedure, and provides some examples of methodologies that can be used on the ground to measure the benefits on ecosystem services thanks to FSC-certified forest management.

All stakeholders are invited to participate in this 30-day consultation to let us know whether they think these drafts are clear, aligned with the global strategy and offer value to certificate holders and potential investors, funders, retailers, etc.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Rosario Galán, r.galan@fsc.org


Participate in the procedure consultation here.

Participate in the guidance consultation here. 


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