© FSC A.C.FSC both promotes and follows independent research and case studies carried out by universities, research institutions and other organizations.
These studies include a wide variety of information types: analyses of certification reports and corrective action requests; ecological field studies; socio-political case studies; and economic analyses of timber markets. FSC provides researchers with access to information and contacts; and networks with researchers through individual contacts and conferences. Examples of existing studies can be found in Monitoring & Evaluation Reports.
Because researchers approach their studies using very different methodologies, it is difficult for us to use and compare results from different studies.
In 2008, a review of more than 300 research papers revealed strong evidence that FSC has a positive impact on forest management in many social, environmental and economic ways. There are a number of specific areas on which FSC would welcome external research inputs and collaboration.
FSC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Manager welcomes the submission of any research papers related to FSC certification an processes. Please contact m.karmann at fsc point org.