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Italian National Risk Assessment: Control Measures Guidance Developed After Large Windthrow

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

FSC has released a guidance document to help organizations sourcing controlled material in Italy, following a severe windthrow, which affected four Italian regions last October. The windthrow damaged a lot of material and forced forest managers to apply sanitary felling and take other emergency measures.

Organizations sourcing controlled material have to apply the Italian national risk assessment (NRA).This NRA identifies specified risk for indicators linked to “illegally harvested wood” (Category 1 of the NRA) and “wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities” (Category 3). Yet, in case of extreme weather conditions, the mandatory control measures in the NRA are applicable, but inadequate to mitigate the risks.

The FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (Clause 4.13) states that organizations can replace the NRA mandatory control measures with more effective ones if "control measures provided in the NRA are inadequate to mitigate risk."

Alternate control measures then can be defined to adapt risk mitigation to this specific situation.

FSC Italy has developed this guidance document to help certified companies and certification bodies define alternate control measures and provide a clear overview of the current situation.

This guidance is not a normative document. It simply provides help in the specific context of the windthrow. This guidance applies to the four affected regions: Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Lombardia. All other situations must be managed based on the approved Italian national risk assessment.

You can find the guidance document here.

You can find the Italian national risk assessment here.


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