FSC starts to implement a monitoring and evaluation program to increase the understanding of the complex impacts of the different FSC programs and to provide a systematic foundation for a transparent, impartial and consistent evaluation of the FSC’s effectiveness in delivering its mission.
The monitoring and evaluation system will be based on FSC’s Theory of Change and related Intended Impacts. The Monitoring & Evaluation System Report 2013 is the first of regular reports in line with the ISEAL Impact Code requirements, and gives an insight in the structure of this system.
The “FSC context, figures, effects and impacts Reports" 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 points out some of the contributions FSC delivered towards its mission to “promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests”. It gives examples of FSC’s effects and impacts, about ongoing research projects and other options to how FSC contributes to its mission.
FSC is developing a literature research database
In the meantime please also refer to the ISEAL Sustainability Impact Learning Platform, where you can find a number of independent researchers' studies.
Effects and Impacts of FSC Certification: Findings from FSC and from Independent Studies
Overview about FSC's impacts:
- Literature Review: FSC reflected in scientific and professional literature
- FSC Success Stories
- Biodiversity and forest management certification literature review with focus on FSC, presented at World Forestry Congress 2009
- FSC Monitoring & Evaluation Report 2013: Context, figures, effects and impacts (rev. version March 2014)
- FSC Monitoring & Evaluation System Report 2013 (rev. version August 2014)
- Forest management certification in the tropics: an evaluation of its ecological, economical and social impacts by Wageningen University and Research Center
- Biodiversity conservation in certified forests Reader published by European Tropical Forest Research Network
FSC history and development:
Market related data:
Examples for studies focusing on ecological impacts:
- The contribution of FSC certification to biodiversity in Swedish forests
- Evaluation of the impacts of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of natural forest management in the tropics by CIFOR
- Effects of forest certification on biodiversity by Tropenbos International
- FSC at Risk by Greenpeace
- FSC Case Studies by Greenpeace
Examples for studies focusing on forest management and wildlife habitats:
- “Logging & Great Apes” by WWF
- FSC and Great Apes: Implementing ‘Ape Friendly’ Practices in Central Africa’s Logging Concessions by IUCN
Examples for studies focusing on social impacts:
- New Study:Social impacts of FSC certification in Congo basin countries as identified by CIFOR
- Aboriginal peoples and forest certification: a review of the Canadian situation. Published in Ecology and Society
- Impacts of FSC Certification in the Canadian Boreal Forest: exploring Partnerships between forest companies and Aboriginal Peoples.
- Contribution of forest certification to the Conservation of World Heritage Sites
A call for research: Assessing the Impact of Forest Management Certification
Related FSC programs
“FSC Theory of Change” (ToC) with 4 documents: