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Wednesday, 21 August 2019
First draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion now open for public consultation

The first draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion (FSC-POL-01-007 V1-0 D1-0) is now available for a public consultation.

FSC’s Policy on Conversion was developed to guide the review and revision of relevant FSC Principles and Criteria, and to advise the national standard developers in creating the corresponding indicators.

In addition, the policy will provide overall guidance to the Policy of Association and other elements of the normative framework which regulate conversion.


The public consultation for the first draft of the FSC Policy on Conversion opened on 1 August. The purpose of the policy is to establish overarching rules for conversion, and to align the diverse ways in which conversion is treated in different parts of the FSC normative framework. Additionally, the policy aims to define principles for compensation on past conversion and to define the corresponding compensatory mechanism.

A working group was formed in August 2018, to develop the FSC Policy on Conversion. The Working Group is comprised of six members, who equally represent economic, environmental and social interests, in addition to equal representation of the global South and global North.

The holistic policy consists of:

1) 1994 cut-off date: To retain, remove or change the rules to address past conversion.

2) Principles for compensation on past conversion, in terms of:

a) restoration and/or conservation of environmental values
b) restitution of socio-economic values

3) The concept of acceptable conversion as defined under current FSC rules.

The objective of the public consultation is to collect valuable feedback from stakeholders on several fundamental policy areas. FSC encourages all interested stakeholders to participate and provide their input during this period, as stakeholders' input is critical to the further development of the policy.

The feedback from the first consultation will be discussed and - if needed - incorporated before a second consultation. The final version of the FSC Policy on Conversion will be submitted to the FSC Board of Directors for approval following the completion of the second public consultation.

For more information on Policy on Conversion and the public consultation, please contact Yan Li, project coordinator at y.li@fsc.org.


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