FSC certification has had great impact for many smallholders - they have overcome obstacles and gained different benefits. On this page you find some of the success stories that smallholders have told.
Celebrating Success Stories of FSC certification
FSC have created a book, which showcase some examples of the benefits that FSC certification has brought to communities, companies and forests around the world. These ranges from social benefits, supporting communities’ own abilities to organize and manage their forests, to economic incentives to manage forests better and to improved environmental outcomes for forests, natural ecosystems and wildlife. The book is called “Celebrating Success Stories of FSC Certification” and you can download it underneath.
Continually, FSC also collects stories from smallholders around the world. Underneath you can download and read about smallholders’ experiences from all over the world.
This book showcases some examples of the benefits that FSC certification has brought to communities, companies and forests around the world.
The COATLAHL Cooperative in Honduras obtained FSC certification in 1996. The cooperative holds a group FSC certificate on behalf of 14 small timber-producing community groups.
This Indonesian case describes the successful formation of a 744 member cooperative, the Koperasi Hutan Jaya Lestari (KHJL), which has maintained FSC group certification since 2005.
This case describes a group certification scheme for owners of small and medium mixed forest in central and northern Portugal.
This Chilean case describes a commercial venture managed by SSC Wood Technologies S.A. (SWT).
Barritskov Estate was the first FSC certified forest in Denmark. It was certified in 2006 with an area of 331 ha.
Patneshwari Agri Cooperative Ltd. (PACL) is a cooperative in India run by farmers looking for sustainable livelihoods from their degraded farmlands.
This case is about Asociación de Productores de Madera de Cerdido (PROMACER), a wood producers association that has obtained FSC group SLIMF certification.
This case describes a successful group FSC forest management model designed to support family forest owners and small forests access the market for FSC products.