Saturday, 03 October 2015
Impact and alliances: FSC at the XIV World Forestry Congress
Through a series of events and activities at the World Forestry Congress, held in Durban, South Africa this month, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) highlighted both the strength of our global alliances, and our positive environmental, social, and economic impact in countries across the planet.
An exhibition displaying studies and success stories, entitled The FSC family: Working together around the world, kicked off the week in which FSC staff participated in 12 events, including three high-level panel discussions, and in which eight papers authored by FSC staff were accepted by the organizing body, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Papers covered topics from dispute resolution, to smallholder support, and our engagement with plantations.
“I firmly believe well-managed planted forests are the way to meet the needs of future generations,” declared FSC Director General, Kim Carstensen, at a high-level dialogue entitled ‘Perspectives on planted forests’ which you can watch online now. The use of plantations as a solution to climate change, and the benefits of planted forests to people’s livelihoods, were raised during this heated, and well-attended, discussion.
At a joint FSC and WWF event entitled ‘Putting science into practice: A multi-stakeholder approach to better monitor the social and biodiversity impacts of forest certification’ representatives from the research community, and other stakeholders, shared their experiences and ideas, as panelists presented studies demonstrating the profitability for businesses of FSC certification (WWF) and the social benefits of FSC certification for workers in the Congo Basin (CIFOR).
Also at this session, IKEA reaffirmed its commitment to assessing the impacts of FSC forest management certification through initiatives such as the Value and Impact Analysis (VIA), and was present later at an evening reception when FSC stakeholders, including WWF South Africa and the Brazilian Tree Industry, came together to celebrate the new Forests For All Forever branding (the film was particularly popular).
FSC held its annual In Good Company event in Durban the week before the World Forestry Congress, where over 100 representatives from leading companies, brands and international NGOs came together to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability, and FSC. Videos from each of the sessions will soon be online.