Thursday, 25 July 2019
FSC supports European Commission framework on global forests
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) supports the European Commission’s recent communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world’s forests.
Published on 23 July, its two-fold objective of protecting and improving the health of existing forests while significantly increasing sustainable, biodiverse forest coverage worldwide is an important step to safeguarding the biodiversity that forests offer. It also protects the livelihoods of the communities that depend on them.
This vision is in step with FSC’s Principles, where sustainable forest management is balanced with environmental safeguards and local economic and social development.
For example, FSC offers a set of robust, international forest management indicators adapted to national circumstances and a policy that commits companies to avoid illegal harvesting activities or forest conversion, among others, outside of their certified operations.
Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC said: “We take a keen interest in the European Commission’s framework project on the world’s forests and fully support its focus both on deforestation and forest degradation, with a call to action to change consumption patterns within the EU. As a global catalyst of wood and wood-based products, Europe must commit to a more sustainable approach to forestry and consumption of forest products.”
FSC is also further strengthening its supply chains to avoid the infrequent scenario where material from non-certified sources is included in its products. One of these projects, in partnership with international research institutions, involves an extensive global sampling of tree species to help identify the origin of wood products to combat illegal logging.
“Voluntary certification schemes like FSC offer real and verifiable performance of sustainable forest management and supply chains and we are willing to fully collaborate with the Commission to offer our knowledge base and experience in this area to reach its goal,” added Carstensen.