Technical Updates


Friday, 09 November 2018
New Procedure and Guide aims to streamline National Forest Stewardship Standards

Technical News

ADAM, born from the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020, will help standard development groups to focus on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders.


On 8 November 2018, FSC published a new procedural document for standard development groups (i.e., SDGs) that expands a concept for risk management in our process for developing national forest stewardship standards. The aim is to make it easier for SDGs to focus on the issues that are important to stakeholders in each country while ensuring the FSC system remains credible and robust. A user-friendly guide accompanies the procedural document to conducting risk assessments and proposing risk designations for indicators in national forest stewardship standards. Both documents are delivering on the FSC Implementation Plan.

ADAM, A NEW CONCEPT FOR RISK MANAGEMENT

ADAM has four parts:

  • Assessment of risk
  • Designation of risk
  • Adapted risk response; and
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

Assessment and designation of risk

A new procedural document, FSC-PRO-60-010 Incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards elaborates on the first two parts of ADAM. A guide, FSC-GUI-60-010 Guideline for Standard Developers for Incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards accompanies the procedural document. Both documents are voluntary and help standard development groups to assess and designate risk in their country's forests.

Adapted risk response and monitoring and evaluation

The last two parts are planned to be released at the end of 2019 and will elaborate on how certification bodies will audit against national standards with risk designations and how to monitor and evaluate the impact of ADAM in national forest stewardship standards.

LEARNING BY DOING

The new concept for risk management is being released in two phases to allow SDGs to use the new procedure and guide immediately, and, where applicable, to apply it to ongoing processes to develop or revise national forest stewardship standards (i.e., transfer process). Proposals for how FSC-accredited certification bodies should audit against national standards with risk designations and how to monitor and evaluate the impact of the new risk model in national forest stewardship standards will be available in 2019. Moreover, we plan to collect feedback from stakeholders via our consultation platform in the second quarter of 2019. Read the project summary page for the latest information.

JOIN ONE OF THE WEBINARS BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADAM

Lastly, between 20 November and 11 December, we are hosting webinars for members, standard development groups, network partners and FSC International staff to introduce the new conceptual risk model and to answer any questions. Please register below.
20 November 2018 at 11:00 – 12:00 CET (English)
23 November 2018 at 10:30 – 11:30 CET (English)
30 November 2018 at 16:30 – 17:30 CET (Spanish)
11 December 2018 at 16:30 – 17:30 CET (English)


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