use FSC certified paper.
Because researchers approach their studies using very different methodologies, it is difficult for us to use and compare results from different studies.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Program works to facilitate more aligned and comparable approaches to impact assessment.
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.
Together with the Social Policy Program, the Monitoring and Evaluation Program has identified the following priority areas for research:
- direct and indirect cost-savings experienced by operations that switch from normal to SLIMF (small and low-intensity management forests) certification
- potential synergies between FSC certification for smallholders and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation)
- costs and benefits of dual-certification schemes (eg. FSC and Fair Trade) and their success in the marketplace
- costs and benefits of contractor certification and its potential impact on the certification system
We also encourage case studies on:
- impacts of certification on the safety of forest workers
- impacts of certification on Indigenous land rights
- impacts of certification on economic diversification (e.g. incorporating other revenue streams from forests e.g. non-timber forest products)
- social, financial, environmental and institutional impacts of certification on SLIMFs and communities.
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.