Technical Updates

Tuesday, 03 January 2017
FSC makes new progress to protect Intact Forest Landscapes

The Policy and Standards Director and the Steering Committee of Motion 65 have approved a new advice note for the interpretation of the default clause of Motion 65 (ADV-20-007-018 V1-0). It became effective on 1 January 2017. read more …

Thursday, 15 December 2016
Stakeholder Management: How do you do yours?

Forest Plans (© Forest Plans)© Forest PlansOne of the requirements of FSC certification that some forest owners or managers may struggle to fulfil efficiently or cost-effectively is the need to consult with interested and affected stakeholders. In this article, Matt Taylor describes some of the potential pitfalls in consultation, and one possible solution. read more …

Wednesday, 07 December 2016
FSC places the Schweighofer Group on probation for disassociation

Bonn, Germany (7 December, 2016) - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has decided to place the Schweighofer Group on probation for possible disassociation for involvement in irregularities and illegalities in its timber trade operations and in illegal logging by its Romanian forest land enterprise. read more …

Wednesday, 07 December 2016
NEPCon FSC Accreditation Suspended for Russia

Accreditation Services International (ASI) has suspended certification body NEPCon OÜ from issuing FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) and Forest Management (FM) certificates in Russia.  read more …

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
ASI Lifts the suspension of Quality Austria

Effective 22 November 2016, Accreditation Services International (ASI) has lifted the suspension of the certification body Quality Austria Trainings-, Zertifizierungs- und Begutachtungs GmbH (Quality Austria). The company is accredited for FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification worldwide and to date has issued approximately 60 FSC CoC certificates. read more …

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Clearer way forward for UKWAS 4

(© FC England)© FC EnglandThe UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) is the standard used in FSC forest management certification in the UK, and is in the process of being revised. Following the decision in October by the Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) not to approve the current draft, FSC International has now provided further detailed feedback on those areas where UKWAS 4 does not fully address the FSC Principles and Criteria. read more …

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