The story of FSC in Chile began in 1998 when a working group was formed by several different organisations with the aim of mitigating the impact of forest management on the environment.
The FSC office developed out of this. FSC Chile was recognised by FSC International in 2004 as a National Initiative, and was recognised as a National Office in 2010.
© New Generation PlantationsIn Chile there are more than 2.4 million hectares of FSC certified forest. There are 23 companies certified with forest management certificates, and 131 companies with chain of custody certificates.
FSC Chile has three members of staff, who manage the work of the FSC in Chile and work on assignments with different working groups. The ForCES project is currently ongoing in Chile, which aims to see how FSC certification can be extended to cover ecosystem services, and is due to conclude this year.
FSC certification is growing in Chile. Since 2013, there has been a big growth in certified area because two of the largest forest companies in Chile became FSC certified. Chain of custody certification is also growing and because of this, we can see more certified products in the market, such as packaging, paper bags and construction materials.
A version of this article appeared originally in the February 2015 edition of Forest Matters.