FSC began to carry out certifications in Argentina in 2001. Since then, more than 470,000 hectares have been certified, representing almost 25% of forest plantations, and there are 117 chain of custody certificate holders in the country.
In 2010, a civil association was created to promote the activities of FSC in Argentina, and in 2018, this body was recognised formally as the national office of FSC Argentina, whose Executive Director is Esteban Carabelli.
The main goals of FSC Argentina include increasing the area of certified forests and the number of chain of custody certificates, as well as developing the FSC market and recognition of the FSC brandmarks.
The main milestones of FSC Argentina are the creation of different chamber balance working groups that have developed:
1. an identification of high conservation value areas (2013-2015);
2. the FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard for Argentina (2015-today). A first version of the national standard was submitted to FSC International in March 2018 and the final one in June 2019.
- Training on responsible forestry management and the requirements for chain of custody certification led by Yadid Ordóñez, Colombian specialist at FSC International Performance and Standards Unit. The event took place on 25 April at the APICOFOM (Association of Forestry Producers, Industries and Suppliers of Misiones and the North of Corrientes).
- Visit to certified forestry operations in the province of Corrientes. The participants visited eucalyptus and pine plantations at the Pomera Maderas facilities at Puerto Valle. The participants also visited the Tapebicuá Group industrial facilities, an FSC-certified company with chain of custody. The visit took place on 26 April.
- Specific intensive training on updates to the FSC cstandards led by Esteban Carabelli and Yadid Ordóñez in Vicente López, Province of Buenos Aires. It also took place on 26 April.
- Sponsorship of the Illustration Contest for students of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) organised by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, as part of the Fourth National Design Biennial (14-17 August). Founded in 1821, UBA is a public institution, one of the largest universities in Latin America, and was positioned 74th in the last QS World Ranking. Faber-Castell, one of the closest partners of FSC Argentina, also sponsored the contests and the winners received products of the company as a prize.
- Presentation on FSC forest certification led by Esteban Carabelli. The event took place on 28 August at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) office in the city of Santiago del Estero. Located in the north-east of the country, Santiago del Estero is an area with a great number of small-scale producers dedicated to the production of coal. Also, as part of his trip, Esteban joined the local authorities in a visit to several producers.
A version of this article appeared originally in the October 2019 edition of Forest Matters.