Opinion & Analysis


09. September 2014
FSC trademarks: Simplify standards, boost the brand

Ultimately, it’s all about responsible forest management and credible eco-labelling. But we’ve come to a point where we can’t see the trees for the labels. Carsten Huljus, Director of GFA Certification, speaks his mind in an interview with NEPCon on … find out more …



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09. September 2014
Where is the FSC in the new deforestation debate?

(based on a paper by Rainforest Alliance, Greenpeace, SSC, The Nature Conservancy, World Conservation Society and WWF, and others) find out more …



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08. September 2014
An FSC revolution is necessary for smallholders and communities

FSC was first established to protect natural tropical forests. It has grown tremendously since, and today certifies everything from boreal to tropical forests, from plantations to natural forests. As FSC has naturally evolved, its procedures and … find out more …




08. September 2014
TransparentForests Project – Its value for FSC

The FSC principles and criteria (P&C) and associated indicators require forestry organizations (FOs) to evaluate large quantities of information. This will increase with the introduction of International Generic Indicators (IGIs). find out more …



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08. September 2014
The certification of communities in the Global South

A large percentage of existing forests in the Global South belong to or are managed by communities. The forest coverage that remains is largely due to these communities who have protected their forests over time。 find out more …




08. September 2014
Governance of FSC: A perspective from the Economic Chamber

FSC paved the way for credible forest certification and has become the leading global standard, but FSC has reached a watershed. As a recognized global brand it must now change course to certify the global forests and maintain and grow the brand through … find out more …



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08. September 2014
Calls for a more robust certification policy in high-risk regions

As the Greenpeace logging coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Danielle van Oijen’s main focus is the Congo Basin and its chaotic forest sector. The issues surrounding certification in high-risk regions are immense – regions … find out more …



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08. September 2014
FSC to strengthen supply chain requirements and offer voluntary Online Claims Platform from 2015

FSC has changed significantly since its first General Assembly over 20 years ago. It is likely the FSC founders never imagined that in 2014 more than 29,000 different organizations – from those who manage the forest, to those who sell the final product … find out more …



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08. September 2014
The 1994 Rule – playing two games

When you get involved with FSC, one thing quickly grabs your attention. It’s referred to in many ways, but most commonly as “that 1994 rule”. It simply says that after 1994, no forest management unit that has converted natural forest into any other … find out more …



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07. September 2014
The Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee – News from the PIPC

The Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee (PIPC) of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was created by Motion 19, adopted at the FSC General Assembly (GA) in 2011. find out more …