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Thursday, 09 November 2017
Two Consultations on New Approaches to FSC Smallholder Certification Now Open

To date, FSC has certified 200 million hectares of forests, only 4% of which is owned or managed by smallholders.


FSC has a dedicated project for smallholders called ‘New Approaches’. The New Approaches project has simultaneously published two discussion papers on developing the FSC framework for smallholder certification.
The discussion papers, which are open for consultation until 7th December 2017, are:

“Reaching smallholders in the Global North: Forestry Contractor Certification”

“Reaching smallholders in the Global South: Two Stepwise Approaches to Smallholder Certification.”

The consultations can be accessed via the FSC Consultation Platform here.


Reaching smallholders in the Global North: Forestry Contractor Certification

This consultation proposes that by integrating forestry contractors into the FSC system, responsibility for ensuring compliance with principles and criteria by smallholders could be shifted from smallholders to forestry contractors, either in part or in full. This is expected to increase the numbers of smallholders in the FSC system and the total area of certified forests.


Reaching smallholders in the Global South: Two Stepwise Approaches to Smallholder Certification

This discussion paper argues that empowering smallholders in the global South to get and stay certified will increase numbers and area of FSC certified forests and proposes two stepwise approaches to smallholder certification.


Get in touch:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the two stepwise approaches to smallholder certification in the South, please contact Annah Agasha at a.agasha at fsc point org.

For questions about the smallholder implementation project team’s activities in relation to the normative framework, please contact Team lead, Vera Santos at v.santos at fsc point org.


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