Two identical complaints by the Swedish NGOs Protect the Forest and Friends of the Earth Sweden in September 2011 take issue with the definition of high conservation value forest (HCVF) in the region and alleges that some of the areas that are being logged are actually HCVF.

FSC’s national standard was developed in Russia in consultation with Karelian NGO SPOK, among others, and is based on Russian forest management best practices, which are different to those in Sweden or Germany.

The issue is being handled through the certification body’s formal complaints procedure and will include a full stakeholder review and thorough investigation.

If it concludes that activities are taking place which contravene FSC’s National Standard for Russia it will take corrective action, which may include revoking the certificate.

FSC Statement: Further questions about HCVF (09 Nov 2011)

NEPCon Statement (21 Dec 2011)

FSC Statement: Russia - Ikea (2 May 2012)

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