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FSC Launches Revised Pesticides Policy

Thursday, 2 May 2019

The FSC International Board of Directors recently approved the revised FSC Pesticides Policy. The new version will be effective next August.

The revised FSC Pesticides Policy is now available in the FSC Document Center.
The document incorporates a risk-based approach. It considers not only the hazard of the active ingredient, but also under what circumstances chemical pesticides is used.

The short-term objective of the FSC Pesticides Policy is to reduce the overall volume and number of chemical pesticides and eliminate the use of the most hazardous ones. It also helps promote best practices to minimize risks to human health and the environment.

The long-term aim of this policy is to eliminate the use of chemical pesticides in FSC-certified forests.

The full implementation of the FSC Pesticides Policy will require the development of international generic indicators (IGIs) and their incorporation into the national contexts. FSC will launch in the next days a call for applicants to join a new working group to develop the IGIs.

The working group incorporated a mechanism for an interim implementation into the policy document. This mechanism will be effective from August 2019 until the development and inclusion of the IGIs have been completed.

We will provide supporting documents in the next weeks through the page dedicated to the revision of the FSC Pesticides Policy.

Revising the pesticides policy: an intensive work

The FSC Pesticides Policy working group represented equally economic, environmental and social interests. Its members included representatives of governments, indigenous peoples,  social NGOs, academia, and standard development groups. Experts in toxicology, researchers and managers of FSC-certified forests were also part of the group.

The working group has finalized the revision of the FSC Pesticides Policy after more than two years of intense work, including more than 30 meetings (in person and online), two public consultations and four desk studies with standard development groups.

Many thanks to all the FSC Pesticides Policy working group members for their strong commitment and fruitful collaboration in this process, as well as the members of the consultative forum and the stakeholders who provided feedback during consultations.


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