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Interpretations of the normative framework


This section gives you access to current standard interpretations separated by topics and related normative documents.


FSC-STD-01-002 FSC Glossary of Terms


Question

What type of infrastructure shall to be evaluated against the P&C and thus be subject to evaluation?

Normative ReferenceFSC-STD-01-002
Requirement(s)Section 2
PublishedMonday, 19. January 2015

Answer

All infrastructure within the Management Unit. This includes:
• All infrastructure within or adjacent to this spatial area or areas under legal title or management control of, or operated by or on behalf of The Organization, for the purpose of contributing to the management objectives.
• All infrastructure outside, and not adjacent to this spatial area or areas and operated by or on behalf of The Organization, solely for the purpose of contributing to the management objectives.

NOTE. Infrastructure: In the context of forest management, roads, bridges, culverts, log landings, quarries, impoundments, buildings and other structures required in the course of implementing the management plan (Source: FSC 2014).

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Question

Can a Management Unit (MU) be only a part of a forest covered by a management plan?
For example: can five lands be five management units, if for these five lands there is only one management plan?

Normative ReferenceFSC-STD-01-002
Requirement(s)Section 2
PublishedMonday, 19. January 2015

Answer

No, the definition of MU is directly linked to the management plan. If there are management planning documents at different levels, MU can be defined as the area at which the calculation is made of the yield which can be permanently sustained (as per criterion 5.6 and usually referred to as AAC (Annual Allowable Cut)).

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Question

A multinational manages both own and third party estates (consortium and leases with private owners and public administrations). The management and its responsibility correspond to the multinational and there are ongoing contracts.
This context has not changed in the last 15 years but this client has switched from group to individual certification and vice versa, following the criteria of different CBs.
According to FSC Normative, should it be treated as a single or a group certificate?

Normative ReferenceDefinition of Multiple FMU certification
Requirement(s)FSC-STD-01-002
PublishedFriday, 06. June 2014

Answer

Management means having full control of all aspects of the Principles &Criteria. If this multinational company has full managerial control over all areas they manage, it should be treated as a multiple FMU and therefore single certification. If the company has partial managerial control (only over some areas or aspects), it should be treated as a group certificate.

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Question

“Self-contained” and “collection of documents” appear contradictory so the use of documents as basis for definition of FMU could result in inconsistent interpretation of what an “FMU” is in the case where an organisation has a number of management planning documents at different levels, assuming the collection of documents together meet Principle 7 requirements for management plans.

Normative ReferenceFSC-STD-01-002 (V1-0) FSC Glossary of Terms
Requirement(s)Section 2
PublishedTuesday, 10. April 2012

Answer

Forest Management Unit (FMU):
A clearly defined forest area with mapped boundaries, managed by a single managerial body to a set of explicit objectives which are expressed in a self-contained multi-year management plan. Where there is management planning documentation at different levels, FMU can be defined as the area at which the calculation is made of the yield which can be permanently sustained (as per criterion 5.6 and usually referred to as AAC (Annual Allowable Cut)).

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