FSC CONTROLLED WOOD STRATEGY
One of the main goals of introducing controlled wood into the FSC system in 1997 was to meet the demand for FSC material in the marketplace, while still avoiding unacceptable sources. Since then the FSC system has grown significantly in response to the demand for FSC-labelled material, and it is time for our membership to provide clear guidance on the future of controlled wood.
The FSC International Board of Directors determined that this guidance on the future of controlled wood in the FSC system - a controlled wood strategy - needed to be drafted in time for the FSC General Assembly in October 2017. We know our members and stakeholders have varied and differing opinions on the future of controlled wood, and so we have provided, and will continue to provide, numerous online and offline opportunities for you to contribute your views and feedback to the draft strategy. Due to shifting resources in order to deliver FSC Risk Assessments in a timely manner, the strategy delivery date was extended to the end of 2018.
IMPACT ON THE REVISION OF THE CONTROLLED WOOD SYSTEM
The controlled wood strategy process will not directly influence the implementation of the recently revised controlled wood standard, and the recently revised controlled wood normative documents remain valid and should continue to be used. It is not envisaged that the recently revised controlled wood system will be abandoned due to, or during, the controlled wood strategy process.
The controlled wood strategy process aims to address the future approach and direction of controlled wood within the FSC system – its development will accommodate technical aspects only when relevant.
NEXT STEPS IN THE FSC CONTROLLED WOOD STRATEGY PROCESS
An online controlled wood strategy survey was conducted with stakeholders in 2016 and is now closed. Preliminary results are now available here. An in-person stakeholder meeting to discuss the next steps in the controlled wood strategy process was held in Bonn, Germany in late February 2017. A public consultation on the discussion paper that resulted from this meeting was concluded in June 2017. A summary of its results and analysis will be made available at the beginning of September 2017.
The FSC Board of Directors has mandated that information shall be gathered on the current state of FSC Controlled Wood and its impacts. Data gathering will be ongoing, and the findings will be delivered to the board by the end of March 2018.
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