use FSC certified paper.
Nearly half of Europe’s forest land, for example, is owned by private individuals who often manage very small plots.
Yet smallholders often face a multitude of challenges in meeting the requirements of FSC certification processes and standards.
Providing support to overcome these challenges in order to increase the number of certified smallholders is a high priority for FSC.
But despite SLIMF procedures, which have been adapted into many FSC National Standards, problems have continued. Sometimes, smallholders lack resources to comply with the FSC Principles and Criteria, or may need to find support in translating the technical language of audit reports or forest management requirements. They may want to seek technical training themselves, but professional courses can be costly and unavailable locally.
Although FSC certification can give producers access to a price premium, smaller businesses are less able to access investment finance because their size increases risk. Furthermore, it can be difficult for smallholders to access markets and long-term commitments from buyers.