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Guidance

FSC has created and/or collected various materials that can help smallholders to become FSC certified.

Regional Portfolios

FSC has developed the Regional Portfolios Project to increase and improve the outreach to smallholders. The project aim is to engage and build the capacity of national partners by supporting them with regional portfolios of materials that are easy to edit and reproduce.

The portfolios contain a brochure about FSC and the benefits for smallholders and a step-by-step guide about how to get FSC certified. The Regional Portfolios are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. The materials are differentiated so they are appropriate to each region.

If you are interested in the materials, please contact your national office to get a version for your country.

Guides from FSC

FSC also has other guides for smallholders that can help them get certified.

FSC user-friendly guide to FSC certification for smallholders: This guide provides information on how smallholders can get FSC certified, provides an overview of what FSC certification is and highlights examples of economic, social and environmental benefits.

FSC step-by-step guide: This is a guide to help managers and owners of small-scale and low intensity forest operations maintain or improve the management of biodiversity and High Conservation Values (HCVs) within their forests.