Interpretations of the normative framework


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FSC-DIR-20-007 FM Evaluations


Question

According to Advice-20-007-10, plantations under an FM certificate can not be converted to non-forest use, unless the requirements in Criterion 6.10 (P&C V4-0) are met.
At the 2014 General Assembly, Motion 2014#7 changed the P&C V5-0 to allow conversion of plantations to non-forest use, if the plantations were not established on sites directly converted from natural forest.
As this is the intent of FSC membership, can the changes resulting from Motion 2014#7 be applied before the P&C V5 comes into effect?

Normative ReferenceFSC- DIR-20-007
Requirement(s)Advice-20-007-10
PublishedSunday, 18. January 2015

Answer

No, changes resulting from Motion 2014#7 shall only be applied once the IGIs are approved and the version 5 of P&C comes into effect. Until then, if a plantation site was previously in non-forest use, it may not be converted back to non-forest use unless the requirements in Criterion 6.10 (P&C V4-0) are met.

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Can the existing Advice-20-007-016 Wind turbines establishment within FSC certified areas be extended to hydroelectric power stations?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-20-007
Requirement(s)ADVICE- 20-007-016
PublishedThursday, 13. November 2014

Answer

No, the Advice-20-007-016 is targeted to the wind turbines only and cannot be extended to hydroelectric power stations.

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According to ADVICE-20-007-05, non-timber forest products (NTFPs) shall be subject to evaluation against a standard prepared or adapted in the region for that NTFP or a NTFP interim CB standard, which meets the requirements specified in the advice note.
Christmas trees are defined as NTFP by FSC-STD-40-004a (N6.3.1).
However, there are approved National Forest Stewardship Standard that explicitly allow the certification of Christmas trees although no NTFP specific indicators have been defined. Can Christmas trees be evaluated against this National Standards?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-20-007-05
Requirement(s)4
PublishedFriday, 06. June 2014

Answer

If the Christmas trees come from natural forests (eg. natural regeneration, tree tops) , they can be evaluated against the applicable National Forest Stewardship Standard.
If they come from short rotation plantations, Advice-20-007-05 shall be applied.

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Where an approved National Standard allows conversion not in the circumstances permitted by Advice-20-007-016, does the Advice Note prevail over an FSC approved National Standard or vice versa?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-20-007
Requirement(s)FSC-ADV-20-007-016
PublishedTuesday, 20. August 2013

Answer

The Advice Note FSC-ADV-20-007-16 on wind turbines prevails over any FSC National Standard.

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The title of the Advice Note FSC-ADV-20-007-15 refers to “...areas converted from natural forest to plantations between 01 November 1994 and 01 April 2013”.

However, Advice 1 of the Advice Note states: “In order to certify MUs in situations as described above, the Organization shall split the existing MU containing post-1994 conversion plantations into 2 or more subunits to separate the post-1994 plantation areas from the potentially certifiable areas.”

Does this mean that the Advice can also be applied to post 01 April 2013 conversions?

Normative ReferenceFSC-ADV-20-007-15
Requirement(s)Advice 1
PublishedFriday, 19. July 2013

Answer

No, the Advice cannot be applied for conversions after 01 April 2013.

The Advice Note is to be applied to MUs with areas converted between 01 November 1994 and 01 April 2013 only.

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Can FSC claim be applied to seedlings produced from seeds originating from FSC certified FMUs and grown in nurseries included in the scope of a valid FSC certified FM certificate.

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-20-007
Requirement(s)ADVICE-20-007-05
PublishedFriday, 04. May 2012

Answer

Yes, seedlings produced from seeds originating from FSC certified FMUs and grown in nurseries within FSC certified FMUs that comply with FSC P&C may be claimed as ‘FSC certified’ following the normal guidance for certification and labelling of non-timber forest products.

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