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1 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Forestry certification and potential links with climate change mitigation Liviu Amariei Senior Accreditation Advisor Accreditation Business Unit 6 December 2003 The Forest Stewardship Council Setting the Standard for Responsible Forestry

2 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002  International Forest Management Standards-Setting & Accreditation Body  Founded in 1993  Non-Profit Membership Organization  600 Members from more than 60 Countries

3 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 The mission statement The Forest Stewardship Council A.C. (FSC) shall promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

4 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Forest Certification is:  Assessment of on-the- ground forest practices against a negotiated set of standards

5 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 FORESTRY OPERATION CERTIFICATION BODY (independent, third party) ACCREDITATION BODY Forest stewardship standards Accreditation standards

6 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Main activities  Standardization (P&C, other International, National and Regional Standards)  Accreditation (12 accredited certification bodies, 3 applicants)  Policy guidance and assistance  Educational activities

7 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002  Balanced, Multi-Stakeholder Participation  Representation of environmental, economic, and social interests  Participation of industry, environmental groups, community groups, governments

8 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Certification to FSC standards is expanding:  40, ha  560 forests and 2600 manufacturing companies in 66 countries  products labeled with FSC “checkmark & tree” logo AustraliaMexico AustriaNamibia BelgiumNetherlands BelizeNew Zealand BoliviaPanama BrazilPapua New Guinea CanadaPhilippines ChinaPoland Costa RicaRussia CroatiaSingapore Czech RepublicSolomon Islands DenmarkSouth Africa EstoniaSpain FinlandSri Lanka FranceSwaziland GermanySweden GuatemalaSwitzerland HondurasThailand IndonesiaUnited Kingdom IrelandUnited States ItalyVietnam JapanZambia LatviaZimbabwe Malaysia

9 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Embraced by Leading Retailers:

10 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Adopted by Forest Products Companies

11 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Supported by Responsible Companies & Institutions

12 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Endorsed by Recognized Environmental Organizations WWF Greenpeace Friends of the Earth The Wilderness Society Natural Resources Defense Council Sierra Club World Resources Institute

13 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Forest Certification to FSC standards is the global “gold standard” for forest management. The most important asset: the CREDIBILITY Values: participation multi-stakeholder balance transparency accountability truth in labeling “In our opinion, FSC sets the highest standard.” Suzanne Apple Vice President Community Affairs & Environment The Home Depot

14 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Forests as carbon sinks: important issues to consider Political implications:  how individual countries honor international commitments Social aspects:  plantations, access for local communities, labor issues Environmental impacts:  biodiversity, conversion, pesticide use

15 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Ensure not only carbon sequestration, but also measurable social, environmental and economic benefits Operate according to an internationally recognized forestry standard such as the FSC Principles and Criteria for forest management Forestry Carbon projects should: Forestry certification and climate change The 1 st link

16 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 The FSC forestry standard: 10 Principles and 56 Criteria for responsible forest management representing an international frame standard for the development of national or regional performance-based standards. 1.Compliance with laws 2.Tenure and use rights 3.Indigenous people’s rights 4.Community relations and workers rights 5.Benefits from the forests 6.Environmental impact 7.Management plans 8.Monitoring and Assessment 9.Maintenance of High Conservation Value forests 10.Plantations

17 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Measurement of carbon sinks In addition to the management standard for forestry carbon projects, certification could be applied as an effective mechanism for the verification of claims and commitments related to carbon sequestration in forests. Forestry certification and climate change The 2 nd link

18 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 An international standard for forestry carbon projects? Some pre-requisites: a widely accepted methodology for measuring carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems forestry accepted by a wide range of stakeholder groups as a valid means for the mitigation of climate change availability of funds for standards development work

19 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002 Subject to the availability of a widely accepted methodology for measuring carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems, as an international standardization body FSC could participate in the development of a comprehensive standard for forestry carbon projects, considering not only management aspects, but also criteria and norms for verifying claims and commitments related to carbon sequestration in forests.

20 CDM Climate talk COP 9 Milan FSC Trademark  1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. FSC-SECR-0002


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