The 10 FSC Principles

Ten Rules for Responsible Forest Management


1

Compliance with laws and FSC Principles - to comply with all laws, regulations, treaties, conventions and agreements, together with all FSC Principles and Criteria.


2

Tenure and use rights and responsibilities – to define, document and legally establish long-term tenure and use rights.


3

Indigenous peoples’ rights – to identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ rights of ownership and use of land and resources.


4

Community relations and worker's rights – to maintain or enhance forest workers' and local communities’ social and economic well-being.


5

Benefits from the forest – to maintain or enhance long term economic, social and environmental benefits from the forest.


6

Environmental impact – to maintain or restore the ecosystem, its biodiversity, resources and landscapes.


7

Management plan – to have a management plan, implemented, monitored and documented.


8

Monitoring and assessment – to demonstrate progress towards management objectives.


9

Maintenance of high conservation value forests – to maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests.


10

Plantations – to plan and manage plantations in accordance with FSC Principles and Criteria.


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