A look back at the 2017 FSC General Assembly
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
In October, the 2017 FSC General Assembly drew over 700 attendees from across the globe and resulted in votes passing 15 motions, some of which represent important steps forward for important issues such as smallholder certification and the integrity of certification assessments.
The FSC General Assembly is a significant event which shapes the future of responsible forestry, and this year was no exception.
FSC is governed by our membership, which is composed of environmentalists, scientists, business leaders, forest managers, Indigenous Peoples, trade union representatives, and NGOs. These members are divided into three different chambers according to their interests – environmental, social and economic, and are further split into sub-chambers of global North and South. This creates the unique democratic structure and processes of FSC.
Voting on the motions is based on the three-chamber system, with equal voting power given to each chamber. The purpose of the chamber structure is to maintain the balance of voting power between different interests without having to limit the number of members.
A total of 61 motions were proposed and discussed during numerous chamber and cross chamber meetings leading up to the event. These discussions led to a number of motions being withdrawn or merged, and ultimately 35 motions were debated and voted on.
Ultimately, some of the biggest takeaways from the event were not motion-related. For instance, the need for increased gender representation within the organization was raised and this is among the many issues that will merit greater focus going forward.
To find out more about the event, or to watch highlights from each day, please visit the FSC 2017 GA website.
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