Periodically, FSC UK responds to public consultations conducted by external organisations. Information on our responses can be found below.
DEFRA - Due diligence on forest risk commodities 25/08/2020 - 05/10/2020
DEFRA is the UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This consultation seeks views on whether the UK Government should introduce a new law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being converted illegally in to agricultural land. FSC UK's response is supportive of the proposed law, but stresses that it must also be accompanied by measures to assess and address its socio-economic and environmental impacts both internationally and in the UK, if it is promote sustainability.
Link to the consultation (now closed): https://consult.defra.gov.uk/eu/due-diligence-on-f […]
DEFRA - England Tree Strategy Consultation Document 19/06/20-11/09/20
DEFRA is the UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The England Tree Strategy is intended to ‘set out policy priorities to deliver [DEFRA’s] ambitious tree planting programme’, focussing ‘on expanding, protecting and improving our woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can connect people to nature, support the economy, combat climate change and recover biodiversity’. FSC UK’s response to this consultation emphasises the role that credible voluntary certification can play in providing assurance that standards of responsible forest management are met, and encourages DEFRA to adopt a commitment to certification at least as strong as that in Woodlands for Wales.
Link to the consultation (now closed): https://consult.defra.gov.uk/forestry/england-tree […]
DEFRA - Environmental Land Management - Policy Discussion Document 25/02/20-31/07/20
DEFRA is the UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs. They are responsible for the design and delivery of future farming policy and the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. FSC's response to this consultation aims to promote forestry and responsible forest management within the development of ELMS and in supporting the provision of environmental outcomes.
Link to the consultation (now closed): https://consult.defra.gov.uk/elm/elmpolicyconsulta […]
Welsh Government - Sustainable Farming and our Land 09/07/19-30/10/19
The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. Their responsibilities include planning, environment and agricultural and rural affairs. FSC UK's response to this consultation seeks to ensure that forestry and responsible forest management are properly recognised within post-Brexit policy in Wales.
Link to the consultation (now closed): https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/consultation […]
SEPA Forestry and wood processing sector plan 01/07/19-23/09/19
SEPA is the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, one of the key statutory bodies regulating forestry in the UK. SEPA staff have been proactive in engaging with FSC UK to explore how we can work more effectively together to share information on standards, best practice and the environmental performance of forest managers. We are keen to build on this engagement and to extend it to other statutory bodies. Responding to SEPA’s draft Forestry and Wood Processing Sector Plan is an important part of building our relationship with the organisation, stressing our shared commitment to high standards of environmental performance in forest management, and showing how FSC certification can support SEPA’s ‘beyond compliance’ agenda.
Link to the consultation (now closed): https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/sector-plan/fores […]